A selection of those letters which have been published in the media
Kent and Sussex Courier - 30th September 2022
In his assessment of the energy crisis Rick Wotton lists problems associated with the current methods used to generate power, but is vague about the details of renewables. The latter may indeed offer hope for the future, but are nowhere near being available in sufficient quantities to solve the short term, or even medium term, shortages, which would result from rushing to abandon reliable fossil fuels.
Of course his underlying assumption is that changes in climate can be directly attributable to human activity, and that therefore we must change our ways to survive. This is however a theory which is not universally accepted by scientists, and which has been hijacked by environmental extremists, who will admit no reasoned debate on the subject.
Earth has existed for over four billion years, and human civilisation for only a few thousand, and any examination of the climate record shows that the latter has varied widely over geological timescales, quite independently of any action on our part.
Given that eventually fossil fuels will become exhausted we must seek to develop energy generation from sources such as nuclear fusion and sun power, but we are decades away from being able to do so.
If we are to avoid blackouts, and a massive decline in our ability to maintain our civilisation, we must continue to use those resources available now, and not make the mistake of throwing the baby out with the bath water.
Kent Messenger - 29th September 2022
The ten days of mourning, and the funeral, for our dear Queen, showed that the vast majority of the British people, despite all the efforts of the nay sayers, remain the same as those who saw us through the wars of the last century.
We have endured decades of propaganda from the so called intellectual class, who, as always, hate everything good about our country, and delight in falsely claiming that we count for very little in today's world yet, when the chips are down, they are exposed as no more than self indulgent and shallow.
The faultless performance by the Armed Forces on the day makes clear that they retain the values which make them the best in the world, and the organisation by the Duke of Norfolk puts the useless managerial class in this country to shame.
The attack by L D Goddard on my comments concerning the woke was totally predictable, as he seems to feel that the latter should be given full publicity for their opinions, at the same time as they try to suppress the views of their opponents. If he read my letter properly he would see that I did not say that these people should not voice their opinions, but that the latter should not be given the coverage they always seem to enjoy in the media. After all there are idiots who still claim that the Moon landings did not take place, or that they have fairies at the bottom of their garden, but they do not appear in the headlines.
Of course the woke are, and should be, free to express their views, but they should be treated as the extreme minority opinions they are, not worthy to be compared to those they treat with such contempt.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 23rd September 2022
In the last words that Holmes ever addresses to Watson he says "Good old Watson! You are the one fixed point in a changing world", and this is something that could also be said about our much mourned Queen Elizabeth II. She was never afraid of innovation, and was instrumental in transforming the monarchy to adjust to the modern world, yet in those matters which abide, and are truly important, she was steadfast. As the last significant link to the great Second World War generation she represented duty, courage, faithfulness, and a stoic endurance of the worst, in order that the best should ultimately triumph.
Thanks to our careers in the administrative sector of the Church my wife and I had the honour of meeting Her Majesty at the time of the Silver Jubilee, and later attending a palace garden party, and we can attest to the fact that she was expert at putting people at their ease, and showing an interest in their lives. She was a truly great lady, a devout Christian, and an example to all in how to behave.
Although we shall never see her like again the new King is cut from the same cloth, and offers a certain hope that her legacy will continue. The monarch, by standing about the political fray, provides a calm centre to our national life, preventing by their very presence the possibility of any sort of demagogue becoming a dictator, or some democratic, but divisive figure, becoming President. In the face of the blandishments of the vociferous republicans we should indeed be foolish to throw out an institution which has served us so well, and which, in the form of a constitutional monarchy, provides a template for governance which billions around the word envy.
The Queen has gone, but, as we mourn, we can still look to a stable future under King Charles III, and his heirs.
God save the King.
Kent Messenger - 22nd September 2022
Many years ago I took an A level course in British Constitution, and one of the things said by the lecturer which I remember most vividly concerned the position of the monarch. It was that, quite apart from other positive aspects, the mere existence of an individual at the apex of the judiciary, the Armed Forces, and indeed the entire State, prevented any other from assuming such offices, and that, provided that the monarch was non-partisan, no sector of the political spectrum could take control of the country.
The Queen was always neutral when political storms blew, and could be looked to for reassurance as politicians ranted. It is inconceivable that a President Edward Heath, Tony Blair or Boris Johnson would have been welcomed as the calm centre of the country's life by the vast majority that regards the monarch as the mother, or father, of the nation.
My wife and I, by virtue of our careers in the administrative arm of the Church, had the honour of twice meeting the Queen, at the time of her silver jubilee, and later at a palace garden party, and can testify to the manner in which she treated everyone as worthy of her notice, and put them at their ease. She was a great lady, a true Christian, and the rock upon which the country relied to survive the worst storms. King Charles is cut from the same cloth, and we would all be intensely weaker should the small minority of republicans, who, to paraphrase Shakespeare's Macbeth, offer sound and fury signifying nothing, were to get their miserabilist way.
God Save the KIng
Kent and Sussex Courier - 16th September 2022
Although I am not a member of the party I feel that the Conservatives deserve praise for the diverse nature of appointments to senior government positions, as all of the great political offices are now held by females, or representatives of ethnic minorities, or in some cases both.
While the opposition parties often make extravagant assertions as to their supposed moral superiority on such matters as racism and sexism, in practice they do not fulfil such claims. Left-wingers believe that they have a right to the support of those they describe as oppressed, and are incensed when they discover that, in the real world, they fail to secure such.
It is quite noticeable that many who do not come from the majority ethnic group actually hold views very much at variance with those espoused by the Left, as a result of not suffering from liberal white guilt, and of recognising that this country is in fact one of the most tolerant and inclusive in the world. The fact that the bulk of Conservative supporters do not have any problem in accepting the elevation of those now in charge of major ministries shows that the accusations directed at the party of being unwilling to move with the times are untrue.
Kent Messenger - 15th September 2022
At a time when the British people are mourning the death of our beloved Queen it is nevertheless no surprise that the ignorant, bitter, armchair warriors of social media should post negative comments concerning her reign, and denigrate the contribution that she made to our national life over so many years.
In times past this sort of person would have to have been content with shouting their abuse from street corners, but now they crouch over the computers in their bedrooms spewing forth their bile. They should be treated with the contempt they deserve, and the media should cease to report on their foul opinions, as they only seek the oxygen of publicity.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 2nd September 2022
As the energy crisis deepens the ordinary people of Britain are now paying the price of successive administrations paying attention to the adolescents and obsessives of the Green movement, in preference to ensuring that we have enough power to meet all our requirements.
This country pioneered atomic energy, yet we now supposedly must rely on foreign expertise in order to revive the sector, fracking has liberated the USA from dependence on Middle Eastern oil, but we allow extremists to prevent the exploitation of our own similar resources, while the North Sea can still supply enough gas if we continue to develop the fields available. In addition we have reserves of coal which would last for decades, if not centuries. We have neglected to store sufficient reserves of gas to meet emergency demands, leaving vast facilities totally unused.
Sensible people know that in the long term we must switch to solutions which do not rely on finite sources, and that nuclear fusion, sun, and indeed tidal power, can provide these, but instead we pretend that unreliable windmills can substitute for the fossil fuels upon which we must rely.
The Greens are on the retreat worldwide, as nations turn nuclear fission stations back on, seek new means of obtaining gas and oil, and even begin to restore coal mines, yet still our elites, in hock to ludicrous theories about climate change, refuse to do the same. As the chickens come home to roost it is becoming ever clearer that to give support to those who would rather we retreated to the caves than use the resources available has been a disaster, and the new Prime Minister would be well advised to take immediate steps to place the needs of the public above the desires of a small, vociferous group of those determined to have their own way, whatever the cost.
Kent Messenger - 1st September 2022
Peter Stanley is quite correct in his condemnation of the creation of non jobs, but this latter is only one symptom of the malaise which now distorts the workplace in Britain, and is a consequence of incompetent, and prejudiced decisions taken by those who have dominated our public life for generations.
When I left my grammar school in the 1960s only a small proportion of my fellow pupils went on to university, the majority entering various professions, but at the bottom of the rung, gradually working their way up over years, so that when they became senior managers they knew the organisation properly. The result of Tony Blair's decision that at least fifty per cent of youngsters should go on to tertiary education was that those without sufficient academic ability, or indeed interest, have been processed through much inferior universities, and emerged with an expectation that their paper qualifications should exclude them from performing the basic tasks which constitute the preponderance of those required. There is obviously a reluctance among those who have paid large amounts for their degrees to take on what they consider inferior duties, so those areas of essential work are short of willing employees. At the same time the interests of those who, in the past, would have gone on via apprenticeships to provide the plumbers, electricians, building workers etc we need, have been neglected, due to the fact that politicians, most of whom went to university, regard such employment as in some way unworthy. Ironically Mr Blair's son is trying to rectify this, but the paradigm is against him.
Having produced so many graduates the politicians have sought to create jobs supposedly worthy of the qualifications, so have created the kind of non jobs Mr Stanley criticises, who act as a burden, not a benefit to the country. Over the past few years we have seen the growth of a managerial culture which has taken over most of the public sector, and indeed much of private industry, to the detriment of the economy and against the interests of the vast majority of the population, who are excluded from this magic circle but suffer the consequences of their actions. That non profession HR insinuates itself into so many commercial bodies, insisting that workers conform with ridiculous policies, seemingly designed to reduce, rather than increase productivity. This sort of interference was once confined to over zealous Health and Safety officials, who extended their activities from protecting those involved in hazardous tasks to imposing absurd restrictions where none was required. Worse are the myriad of people now employed as so called diversity consultants, who add nothing to the organisation, but merely create the divisions they claim to be addressing.
We now watch those in charge of major utilities, such as water, and energy, stumble from one crisis to the next, despite being paid obscene salaries, completely out of line with the vast majority of their staff, receiving massive golden handshakes and golden goodbyes, and enjoying payoffs even when they have failed, and who appoint each other to these lucrative positions, with no thought for the effect their selfish greed has on the country. That most have no knowledge of the organisations they infest but merely bring a supposed 'managerial ability' to them causes endless problems and destroys the very expertise which once distinguished such bodies. We need those with railway engineering experience in charge of the railways, and engineers who know what they are doing in control of the major utilities, if we are to overcome the major problems with which we are confronted.
Everywhere one looks there are hard working people making every effort to do their jobs, while being hamstrung by these managerial parasites. Unless politicians take action the latter will totally undermine the economy with their greed.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 12th August 2022
The reason that your correspondents such as Steve Barrass, and Sam Goodenough deride popularism is obvious, as the majority opinion of the British people has always been opposed to the so called progressive and liberal views of those who like to consider themselves the great and the good. The latter like to think that they know better than the common herd, and indulge in the groupthink engendered by sitting at the feet of Marxist professors in our supposed seats of learning. Those who live in areas with high rates of crime are not versions of Dickens' Madam DeFarge, sitting at the foot of the guillotine, baying for blood, but ordinary people who prefer the penal policy of Gilbert and Sullivan's Mikado, in which the punishment fits the crime, rather than seeing those who prey on them treated with the kid gloves advocated by psychiatrists. Those, living in deprived areas, who oppose open door policies on immigration are not all closet members of the National Front, but people who see that there are insufficient jobs, homes and GPs for the current population, and resent the fact that illegal immigrants are usually moved to their communities, not to the privileged areas inhabited by North London intellectuals. Those who showed good sense in voting to end the control of this country by Brussels bureaucrats are not xenophobes, but believers in our representative democracy.
This domination of social policy by left liberals is compounded by the activities of those pressure groups who are given far more leeway to attempt to impose their particular views on us all than is ever justified by the causes they espouse. This is typified by the Greens, who are like watermelons, green on the outside, but red on the inside. Wherever they have achieved any political power one can be sure that they will ally themselves with the extreme left, as they are in fact the heirs of all the absurd intellectual philosophies, such as Marxism, which have done us so much harm. When these elitist ideologues came to accept that they would never achieve control through the ballot box, they instead managed to convince well meaning, but gullible idealists into thinking that their demands are reasonable, when in fact they are not, and the ordinary people are left to face a loss of their freedom to travel, or to warm their homes, in the name of a theory many do not accept as valid.
One of the worst of these groups are of course the woke, in particular those imbeciles attempting to override basic biological facts, and to limit free speech. Fortunately there is now a fightback with the Attorney General, Suella Braverman, saying that she intends to confront the radical progressive agenda coming to dominate Whitehall, banning any more diversity courses imposed on her staff, and describes these fanatics as "Like the witch-finders of the Middle Ages, donning the outfit of the inquisitors, and never tire of rooting out unbelievers". More power to her arm, as these people, and the lunatics of social media who support all this woke rubbish must be opposed at every turn if we are to restore sanity to our society.
Kent Messenger - 11th August 2022
The comments made by Christopher Hudson-Gool about irreconcilable Remainers are absolutely correct. The latter remind me of schoolboys who, when having lost a game of football in the playground, stamp their feet, claim that they were cheated, and refuse to accept the result. They are like Violet Elizabeth Bott, from the Just William stories, who, when thwarted would lisp "I'll thcream and thcream 'till I'm thick". Their supposed devotion to democracy vanished once it became clear that they were in the minority, and they will never give up whinging until the EU finally disappears altogether.
Typical of their attitude is the sarcastic letter from Michael Charles, whom seems unaware that the arrival from a clear blue sky of a global pandemic derailed everything, while the return of armed conflict to Europe, coupled with the insane decisions by countries such as Germany to rely on Russia for energy have undermined the entire world economy. The manner in which Western governments have swallowed whole the propaganda of the environmental extremists have prevented sensible policies being implemented, and have nothing to do with Brexit. What too many do not realise is that the Greens are like watermelons, green on the outside, but red on the inside. Wherever they have achieved any political power one can be sure that they will ally themselves with the extreme left, as they are in fact the heirs of all the absurd intellectual philosophies which have done us so much harm, particularly the Marxists. When these elitist ideologues came to accept that they would never achieve control through the ballot box, they instead managed to convince well meaning, but gullible idealists into thinking that their demands are reasonable, when in fact they are not.
Those, such as myself, who were opposed to EU membership from the outset, have cause for complaint, is that the government has not seized the day as it should have done. The influence of the EU bureaucracy, manifested by the activities of their closet supporters in the Civil Service, the media, and self opinionated members of the entertainment industry, has so far prevented a full Brexit being implemented. This must be done, if we are to reap the full benefits, and I am, as Mr Charles says, to get what I deserve.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 5th August 2022
It was predictable that the green lobby would hail the recent heatwave as proof positive of man-made climate change, yet this ignores the reality. While the top temperature reached, in one small area, for a short time, appears to be slightly higher than recorded in the past, there have been other comparable events which occurred long before the hysteria over climate change was even a gleam in a fanatic's eye.
Quite apart from the long, hot and dry summer of 1976 there was a heatwave in 1911 which had all the features of the recent one, although then lasting two months, not a mere two days. The railway lines buckled, while the more than a dozen fires in London this time is eclipsed by the fifty-one on a single day in 1911. Early in August of that year one newspaper described the temperature as unbearable, even in the shadiest of places.
We do not live on a planet with a static climate, but on one which has always been dynamic, switching from tropical conditions worldwide to a lengthy period as a frozen snowball. Those who claim that the current apparent warming is all the fault of mankind might like to reflect on certain facts. This may not be a change which lasts for long, while, even if it proves more lasting, it is just as likely to have been caused by natural processes quite independent of human action.
For us in the UK there is an even more pertinent question. When we produce about one per cent of the greenhouse gases demonised by the environmentalists, why are we to sacrifice so much to make so little difference. Those of us who cannot afford electric cars, and even those who can, will face ever growing restrictions on our ability to drive, while we are to risk blackouts, and freezing homes in winter, because the vociferous green lobby is standing in the way of us utilising fracking, gas reserves, and coal, in favour of ineffective renewable sources of power such as windmills.
We should continue to develop new energy sources, such as nuclear fusion, tidal generation, and broadcast sun power from satellites, but until these are ready we should continue with the reliable fossil fuels, although our own where possible, not relying on imports from dangerously vulnerable places such as Russia.
Kent Messenger - 4th August 2022
It is no surprise that the virtue signalling left liberals refuse to learn the most basic lesson from the martyrdom of the Ukrainian people. At the time of the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991 the latter voted by over ninety two per cent to become an independent nation, which made them the third most powerful nuclear armed state in the world, with over 1700 weapons, including ICBMs. However, rather like Belgium in 1914, they put their trust in signatures on a treaty, which the German Chancellor Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg contemptuously described as 'a scrap of paper'. In 1992, Ukraine signed the Lisbon Protocol, and it joined the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty as a non-nuclear weapon state in 1994. The transfer of all nuclear material took some time, but by 2001, all nuclear weapons had been transferred to Russia to be dismantled, and all launch silos decommissioned. The Russians undertook to abide by the terms of that agreement, which would preclude any military action against Ukraine, but now we see just how worthless were their promises.
Does anyone in the right mind believe that, had Ukraine kept its nuclear weapons, Putin would have risked invading their country, yet even now the supporters of unilateral disarmament for this country remain dedicated to such a suicidal policy. Back in the early days of CND those who were not actually fellow travellers of Moscow were gullible and naive, thinking that peace could be secured by throwing away our best means of defence, and relying on the goodwill of our adversaries. Despite what has happened in the Ukraine these people still have no understanding of human nature, as their policies would not bring peace, but appeasement, and surrender.
This persistent stupidity brings to mind the quote from Jeremiah "Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not." If, as seems possible, the USA were to tire of paying for Europe's defence, and retreat to Fortress America, and we were to be so foolish as to abandon our nuclear defences, we would then be faced with the threat of losing our cities one by one, unless we submitted to our totalitarian enemies.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 29th July 2022
One of your correspondents writes of 'a shamelessly populist vote', while another refers to 'a wave of popularism', treating the words as being unquestionably pejorative, when in fact they are the opposite. Populism refers to political stances that give priority to the ideas of the people, usually juxtaposing them against those of the elites. Collins Dictionary defines those who deride such ideas as intellectual snobs whose narrow minded perspectives prevent them from appreciating anything that is labelled 'populist' . It is true that Boris placed himself on the side of the majority, but that is no reason to criticise him, as, in a democracy, the will of the people is supposed to take precedence.
To attack him for his reaction to Covid beggars belief, as this once in a century emergency was unprecedented in peacetime, and it doubtful that anyone else could have done better, particularly in respect to sourcing the essential vaccines. Perhaps worst of all is to suggest that his policy towards Putin's aggression was based on a desire to act as a latter day Churchill, rather than a revulsion at the actions of a modern day Hitler. One can imagine what the response of a Labour government led by Corbyn would have been.
Now we have once again the situation where a Prime Minister, supported by a large majority at the last election, has been ejected by Conservative MPs. The latter have offered as a replacement those committed to the kind of centrist policies which are undermining this country, while rejecting the true radicals such as Suella Braverman, and Kemi Badenoch, who could have saved their party from defeat at the next general election.
I find myself in agreement with your other correspondent Michelle Rivers concerning those who toppled Boris, but, rather than refusing to ever vote again, I will be forced to turn once again to a smaller party in the hope that it can emulate the success of UKIP in defying, and eventually overturning the status quo supported by the arrogant elites who dominate public discourse.
Kent Messenger - 28th July 2022
As usual the Remainers featured in the latest issue make unsubstantiated, and unjustified statements claiming that Brexit is a disaster, when in reality it saved us just in time from permanent submergence in the bureaucratic and undemocratic state being constructed in Brussels. These people remind one of the story of ostriches burying their heads in the sand to avoid predators, although in the latter case this is merely a myth.
Have these people not noticed that Italy, already in deep financial trouble, is about to be plunged into another general election, which is expected to produce a government led by a party of the very far right, an heir to the fascists? That President Macron of France is reduced to attempting to govern with a parliament run by his opponents, his attempted appeasement of Putin being a source of shame to the French? That the legacy of Merkel in Germany is a country facing an energy crisis because of the insane decision to abjure nuclear power in favour of relying on Russia for fuel supplies?
Many of the countries of Eastern Europe, who joined the EU in the belief that it would be a democratic bulwark against the sort of state dictatorship from which they had escaped with the end of the cold war, now realise that Brussels has a similar mindset, albeit without the more overt features of coercion. Some are openly defying the diktats of the European Commission, and are set on a course which will lead to their leaving the EU.
That supposed symbol of a brave new world for European integration, the Euro, is now in free fall, approaching parity with the dollar, while the crisis of immigration from the third world, again provoked by idiotic decisions made by Merkel, increases every day, and is instrumental in the move to the far right in Italy.
We should ignore the bleating of the defeated Remainers, and be grateful that the good sense of the British people triumphed over the selfish wishes of the elites, and turn all our energies to the task of rebuilding Britain as a proud, sovereign country, free of interference by unelected bureaucrats.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 22nd July 2022
Although I write this just after the Thursday ballot of Conservative MPs, and may be proved wrong by events, I fear that, as so often, they are set fair to disappoint in their choice of a new leader, this being confirmed by their rejection of Suella Braverman, a staunch supporter of the UK breaking with the EU, with views of the way in which the problems facing the country should be addressed being totally sound.
Of the front runners Rishi Sunak has his good points, yet he now proposes economic policies which contradict what he has been implementing since becoming Chancellor. However the main objection to his candidacy is that the Conservative party must be mad to think that a multi millionaire could appeal to Red Wall voters, as the Left would ensure that it was constantly pointed out to working class voters that he can have no conception of what it means to be poor, or in need of employment.
Penny Mordaunt, although attempting to row back her previous statements, is committed to many of woke ideas which are doing so much damage to our country. Women who wish to preserve the rights for which they have fought for so long, would be unwise to support someone who said, while women and equalities minister, that "trans men are men, trans women are women", and published a LGBT action plan, as an ally of Stonewall, proposing more teaching of trans issues in schools. In addition her much vaunted military connections are undermined by statements from a retired Army officer that she failed, during her time as armed forces minister, to protect British troops subjected to Iraq war crimes witch hunts.
Liz Truss now talks a good game, but, at a time when those such as myself were advocating leaving the EU, she was against any such policy, and her apparent conversion must be open to some doubt, and, while my local MP, Tom Tugendhat, is a decent chap, whose support for the Armed Forces is of great significance, is not the radical who could restore support to the party.
From the start the best choice was between Suella Braverman, now foolishly rejected, and Kemi Badenoch. The latter, as well as being a genuine supporter of Brexit, has stood up to the lunatics of woke in espousing the rights of women, and in defying the undermining of our society by these imbeciles. Her election would effectively shoot the foxes of the Left, given that accusations of racism, sexism, or of merely being from a privileged background would be absurd, while she has the courage of her convictions, and is prepared to defy the left liberal consensus which dominates so much of contemporary society.
Nevertheless, I am afraid that, in the end, the Conservative party will not be brave enough to make such a bold choice, but will instead go for the usual sort of centrist, who will undoubtedly lead the party to defeat at the next general election. I hope that I am wrong, but the party has always, with the exceptions being when the country was in extremis, been its own worst enemy.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 15th July 2022
The heart of the Conservative party has always belonged to leaders such as Baldwin, Chamberlain and Ted Heath, and the mavericks like Churchill, Thatcher and Boris have been tolerated for a while, but, with the exception of Winston, whose greatness even the most weak willed could not deny, they were eventually cast aside, despite the support of the electorate. Of course, this has been made worse in recent years by the arrogant and totally biased behaviour of much of the media, in particular the BBC, whose relentless pursuit of Boris represents an indelible shame upon those supposedly tasked with eschewing prejudice in their reporting.
Boris forced though Brexit against the determined opposition of the elites, who have never accepted the will of the people, made vaccinations available immediately it was possible, and led the democratic world in support for Ukraine. Against this he ate cake, and over indulged a sleazy drunk. That he should have been forced out over such inconsequential nonsense is a disgrace.
Do those who ousted him really believe that the working class voters of the Red Wall had suddenly become supportive of Conservative policies? As one who has spent much time in areas such as Teesside I can assure the former that it was Boris, and his defiance of the metropolitan acolytes of Brussels that inspired that vote, and it will crumble away now that the Conservative party has demonstrated once again its ability to stab in the back those, however successful at elections, who do not subscribe to the sort of compromising weakness beloved by career politicians. Ordinary people are not stupid, as those who live in the Westminster bubble clearly believe, and they could see that the EU was the pinnacle of that bureaucratic edifice, represented in the UK by the senior civil service, large corporations and financiers, who preferred that democratic accountability should be overridden so that the selfish interests of their class could reign supreme.
If a candidate such as Suella Braverman, or Ben Wallace, were to succeed Boris then there might yet be hope, but the balance of probability is that it will be some either overt, or closet Remainer, who will make this country once more a vassal of the EU. It is likely that those ingrates who stabbed Boris in the back will find themselves out of parliament, or at least consigned to years on the opposition benches, but unfortunately the triumph of the bureaucrats, and of the liberal left, will damage this country, possibly beyond repair.
Kent Messenger - 14th July 2022
On the credit side Boris forced though Brexit against the determined opposition of the elites, who have never accepted the will of the people, made vaccinations available immediately it was possible, and led the democratic world in support for Ukraine. On the debit side he ate cake, and over indulged a sleazy drunk. That he should have been forced out over inconsequential nonsense is a disgrace.
Do those who ousted him really believe that the working class voters of the Red Wall had suddenly become supportive of Conservative policies? As one who has spent much time in areas such as Teesside I can assure the former that it was Boris, and his defiance of the metropolitan acolytes of Brussels that inspired that vote, and it will crumble away now that the Conservative party has demonstrated once again its ability to stab in the back those, however successful at elections, who do not subscribe to the sort of compromising weakness beloved by career politicians.
The heart of the Conservative party has always belonged to leaders such as Baldwin, Chamberlain and Ted Heath, and the mavericks like Churchill, Thatcher and Boris have been tolerated for a while, but, with the exception of Winston, whose greatness even the most weak willed could not deny, they were eventually cast aside, despite the support of the electorate. Of course, this has been made worse by the arrogant and totally biased behaviour of much of the media, in particular the BBC, whose relentless pursuit of Boris represents an indelible shame upon those supposedly tasked with eschewing prejudice in their reporting.
If a candidate such as Suella Braverman, or BenWallace, were to succeed Boris then there might yet be hope, but the balance of probability is that it will be some either overt, or closet Remainer, who will make this country once more a vassal of the EU. It is likely that those ingrates who stabbed Boris in the back will find themselves out of parliament, or at least consigned to years on the opposition benches, but unfortunately the triumph of the liberal left will damage this country, possibly beyond repair.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 8th July 2022
This country, and indeed the entire developed world, is sleepwalking into a trap, the results of which could be as catastrophic as a nuclear exchange, as we place more and more of our vital infrastructure at the mercy of the world wide web, thereby putting all our eggs in one basket.
Consider the situation which would arise if our energy networks, water supplies, communications and banking systems all failed simultaneously, and permanently, as it would lead very rapidly to economic collapse and anarchy. This could occur in the space of a day, as a major solar flare would destroy the satellite network, and most of our electronic technology, but fortunately such an event only takes place every few hundred years, and one is not due until the 23rd century.
However, as a species, we are quite capable of visiting this disaster upon ourselves, by the instigation of a cyber war, where malicious, probably state controlled attacks, could bring down the entire global network. Quite apart from the risk of such an attack releasing nuclear weapons the consequences for our delicately balanced civilisation could be almost beyond imagining.
For the first thirty years of my career we more or less successfully ran our affairs without the widespread use of computers. Indeed, when I joined the work force we had no electronic calculators, photocopying was by use of chemical, and very messy, copiers, and we still relied on the ability of employees to use arithmetic to maintain ledgers etc. It would not be necessary to return to those days, but the only safe course now is to cease to tangle all our services in one giant web, but rather to limit systems to individual requirements, so that to take down one institution would not result in all failing.
The loss of social media would not be important, except to children obsessed with their use, but to lose control of everything would be an unmitigated calamity. Nevertheless, I fear that we are now so addicted to this technology that we will continue to intertwine these vital systems until one day their failure brings down our modern world.
Kent Messenger - 7th July 2022
I agree with Prince Charles, and Alan Gleave, that the history of slavery should be an important part of the educational curriculum, provided that it is taught objectively, and not merely from the position that Britain is somehow the exclusive villain. This evil practice has existed throughout much of human history, and those civilisations of classical times, such as Greece and Rome, which we are encouraged to admire, were built upon the backs of slaves.
Even looking at the age of colonialism and empire it should be remembered that, not only was almost every major nation involved, but that among the worst of those exploiting human misery were the Arab nations, who were notorious as slave traders, while very many African slaves were in fact sold to the slavers by their own leaders. It is also true that English people, prisoners of war, and those taken from our shores by raiders, endured a subsequent life of slavery, while it was the Royal Navy, at a cost of many ships and men, who finally swept the slaving ships from the seas.
There is a major difference in this subject, and that of the horrors of the Holocaust, in that there are still alive many who were either perpetrators, or victims, of this horrifying Nazi crime, while those who suffered directly from slavery are now figures from history. We obviously sympathise with what the latter endured, but the Britain of today cannot be held responsible, any more than we would expect Italy to atone for the sins of the Roman Empire.
Of course, those who are most vociferous in their condemnation of our past are like Orwell's sheep in Animal Farm, who mantra of "Four legs Good, Two legs bad" precluded any rational debate, as was its intention. The left liberals, or 'woke', metaphorically chant "Britain Bad, Opponents Good", whatever the subject. I have no doubt that Prince Charles is a decent, well-meaning man, whose angst on many subjects is clear, but he should be careful not to identify with the agenda of those who hate their own country, as the British people do not take kindly to being constantly lectured about the faults of their ancestors, while the good this nation has done is ignored. As our future King he should follow his mother's example, and remain above the fray, else he risks undermining the affection which our monarchy currently inspires.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 1st July 2022
There can be no doubt as to the relevance of a question which is becoming more and more central to the world, that concerning the mass movement of peoples across the globe, and in particular for us in the UK. At one end of the argument would be a halt to all immigration, on the other a free for all, with no limits imposed, and where the line is drawn is of increasing importance. In the modern world a full stop would be impracticable, as well as immoral, as those fleeing in fear of their lives must be given hope of a refuge. To open the door entirely would, apart from provoking a massive adverse reaction among the indigenous population, very quickly reduce the host country to chaos, and economic destruction. We have tried to compromise with limits applied, yet valid refugees being welcomed, in particular those from areas, such as Ukraine, where conflict is taking place.
As we contemplate the situation provoked by the ruling from European Court of Human Rights concerning flights to Rwanda it is obvious that Britain has effectively ceased to be a democracy.
Despite the fact that the people voted in the EU referendum, and at the 2019 general Election, to take back control of our country, particularly its borders, a combination of activist lawyers and left wing judges, domestic and foreign, have prevented the implementation of the government's policy aimed at stopping illegal immigration across the Channel.
Thousands of primarily economic migrants are fleeing France, a safe country, in order to jump the queue of those genuinely seeking asylum, ironically in breach of the international laws which their accomplices are so keen to claim should be paramount. No other Western country, in particular the United States, allows foreign interference in their affairs, while others threatened by such unrestricted migration, such as Australia, stem the flow by using a system similar to that proposed by the UK.
It is clear that the vast majority of those coming across on small boats are young men, albeit accompanied by a much smaller number of women and children. In addition, interviews with those arriving reveal that a majority are coming from countries which are not being subject to violent conflicts. These facts make clear that the bulk of these migrants are in fact motivated by economic factors, and should therefore be taking their place with those who are taking the legal route to claiming asylum, not being allowed to jump to the head of the queue. It should also be noted that they will have been paying considerable sums to criminals, indicating that they are not destitute, while they are coming directly from France, a country not considered dangerous, and where they should be claiming asylum.
I have no doubt that to dare to question the left wing consensus on the issue risks mendacious accusations of selfish nimbyism, but the middle class activists crying crocodile tears over the issue should perhaps reserve their sympathy for their own compatriots in depressed areas, particularly in the North, who see their slim chances of decent employment compromised by tens of thousands of people prepared to accept lower wages, at the same time as we are enduring a lack of such vital services as GPs, and sufficient housing stock.
Kent Messenger - 31st June 2022
Partly as a result of the present government failing to get a grip, but largely because of decades of such failure, the power of unelected bureaucrats in this country has grown to the point where our elected representatives are unable, or at least unwilling, to reign them in. Despite the massive setback these functionaries suffered when the people demanded that the UK end rule by their fellows in Brussels, they continue to dominate large sections of our society, in particular the public services.
The work of the clinical staff in the NHS is, as always, to be applauded, but overall the organisation resembles nothing so much as a Soviet style directorate, run for the benefit of unnecessary, vastly overpaid managers, aided and abetted by their HR departments, and in which anyone who dares to question their worth is treated as an enemy to be suppressed. The enormous sums made available by the government are being wasted in paying even more pointless apparatchiks, and offer little benefit to the staff actually treating patients, or to the latter themselves. The government's supposed effort to deal with this have foundered, as the man, on paper apparently a good choice to investigate, has clearly been captured by the lobby which places their beloved EDI (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion), above providing the best treatment for the sick.
In education, particularly at a higher level, the administrators have embraced woke dogmas, and are distorting the entire sector in pursuit of their absurd beliefs. Professors have tried to fight back but even Cambridge, one of our supposed senior universities is becoming a laughing stock, due to the determination of these ideologues to force it to become a centre of their new secular religion.
Unfortunately, this regulatory nightmare is true of much of the private sector, as that non profession HR insinuates itself into so many commercial bodies, insisting that workers conform with ridiculous policies, seemingly designed to reduce, rather than increase productivity. This sort of interference was once confined to over zealous Health and Safety officials, who extended their activities from protecting those involved in hazardous tasks to imposing absurd restrictions where none was required, but these latter have now been overtaken by the apostles of HR.
Everywhere one looks there are hard working people making every effort to do their jobs, while being hamstrung by these managerial parasites. Unless the government takes action the latter will suffocate the economy with useless red tape.
Kent Messenger - 23rd June 2022
As we contemplate the situation provoked by the ruling from European Court of Human Rights concerning flights to Rwanda it is obvious that Britain has effectively ceased to be a democracy. Despite the fact that the people voted in the EU referendum, and at the 2019 general Election, to take back control of our country, particularly its borders, a combination of activist lawyers and left wing judges, domestic and foreign, have prevented the implementation of the government's policy aimed at stopping illegal immigration across the Channel.
Thousands of primarily economic migrants are fleeing France, a safe country, in order to jump the queue of those genuinely seeking asylum, ironically in breach of the international laws which their accomplices are so keen to claim should be paramount. No other Western country, in particular the United States, allows foreign interference in their affairs, while those threatened by such unrestricted migration to stem the flow are using a system similar to that proposed by the UK.
However there can be no doubt as to its relevance to the question which is becoming more and more central to the modern world, that concerning the mass movement of peoples across the globe, and in particular for us in the UK. At one end of the argument would be a halt to all immigration, on the other a free for all, with no limits imposed, and where the line is drawn is of increasing importance. In the modern world a full stop would be impracticable, as well as immoral, as those fleeing in fear of their lives must be given hope of a refuge. To open the door entirely would, apart from provoking a massive adverse reaction among the indigenous population, very quickly reduce the host country to chaos, and economic destruction. We have tried to compromise with limits applied, yet valid refugees being welcomed, in particular those from areas, such as Ukraine, where conflict is taking place.
When looking at the specifics it is clear that the vast majority of those coming across on small boats are young men, albeit accompanied by a much smaller number of women and children. In addition, interviews with those arriving reveal that a majority are coming from countries which are not being subject to violent conflicts. These facts make clear that the bulk of these migrants are in fact motivated by economic factors, and should therefore be taking their place with those who are taking the legal route to claiming asylum, not being allowed to jump to the head of the queue. It should also be noted that they will have been paying considerable sums to criminals, indicating that they are not destitute, while they are coming directly from France, a country not considered dangerous, and where they should be claiming asylum.
Those crying crocodile tears over the rights of those capable of paying large sums of money to criminals in order to undermine our right to determine who shall be permitted to live in our own country, should reserve their sympathy for their own compatriots in depressed areas, particularly in the North, who see their slim chances of decent employment compromised by tens of thousands of people prepared to accept lower wages, at the same time as we are enduring a lack of such vital services as GPs, and sufficient housing stock. The cultural identity of those protesting in favour of such illegality shows that this is as much as class issue as anything else.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 17th June 2022
When Boris Johnson became PM he was faced with the greatest health emergency for a century, to which he responded well, despite mistakes which were inevitable, given the unprecedented circumstances, and which obviously derailed many government policies. Now, in response to the Russian aggression in Ukraine, the PM has proved to be possibly the most resolute of the Western leaders, as evidenced by the high regard in which he is held by President Zelensky. I doubt any other current political leaders will have streets named after him in Ukraine.
However, many of us who willed Boris to win the domestic struggles which have arisen since the 2016 referendum are now feeling great concern that he is not following through on the promise of better times presented by Brexit. He has not sufficiently departed from EU regulations, while his support of the absurd green agenda, and a failure to stop illegal immigration, plus imposing tax increases at just the wrong time, are all matters which must be addressed if the government is to succeed. The Northern Ireland protocol must be denounced.
In the period following the EU referendum, almost the entire mainstream political class, backed by a broadcast media reflecting the views of the metropolitan elite, made every effort to thwart the will of the people, by effectively trying to negate the vote. It was only thanks to resolute determination on the part of Boris that they were defeated, and Brexit became a reality, reinforced by his massive victory at the last general election. It was deeply satisfying to see some of the BBC commentators, with expressions appearing to indicate that they were chewing on a wasp, obliged to report on the results of both the referendum, and the 2019 election.
Concerns as to the direction the government is taking may have animated a number of the Conservative MPs who voted against him, but we should be in no doubt that the real reason most of those involved voted in such a way was that the pro EU wing of the Conservative party hate Boris for achieving Brexit, and still seek, under the leadership of a Remainer, to crawl back to the rule of this country by Brussels bureaucrats.
If Boris were to go only a true patriot such as Lord Frost would be able to turn things round and certainly the PM needs to get back on course if he is to win the next election, but we should be in no doubt that to replace him with a so called one nation Conservative such as Jeremy Hunt would only ensure that we would once again lose our independence as a sovereign nation, as the peoples' vote for freedom would be ignored by the establishment.
Kent Messenger - 16th June 2022
In the period following the EU referendum, almost the entire mainstream political class, backed by a broadcast media reflecting the views of the metropolitan elite, made every effort to thwart the will of the people, by effectively trying to render the vote to break with the EU null and void. It was only thanks to resolute determination on the part of Boris Johnson that they were defeated, and Brexit became a reality, reinforced by his massive victory at the last general election. It was deeply satisfying to see some of the BBC commentators, with expressions appearing to indicate that they were chewing on a wasp, obliged to report on the results of both the referendum, and the 2019 election.
That Boris as PM was then faced with the greatest health emergency for a century, to which he responded well, despite mistakes which were inevitable, given the unprecedented circumstances, obviously derailed many government policies. Now, in response to the Russian aggression in Ukraine, the PM has proved to be possibly the most resolute of the Western leaders, as evidenced by the high regard in which he is held by President Zelensky.
However, many of us who willed Boris to win through are now feeling great concern that he is not following through on the promise of better times presented by Brexit. He has not sufficiently departed from EU regulations, while his support of the absurd green agenda, and a failure to stop illegal immigration, plus imposing tax increases at just the wrong time, are all matters which must be addressed if the government is to succeed.
These latter concerns may have animated a number of the Conservative MPs who voted against him, but we should be in no doubt that the real reason most of those involved voted in such a way was that the pro EU wing of the Conservative party hate Boris for achieving Brexit, and still seek, under the leadership of a Remainer, to creep back to the rule of this country by Brussels bureaucrats. Boris needs to get back on course if he is to win the next election, but we should be in no doubt that to replace him with a so called one nation Conservative would only ensure that we would once again lose our independence as a sovereign nation.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 10th June 2022
Even as we give thanks for her majesty's seventy years on the throne, there is a tinge of sadness, as we know that it cannot be many more years before the torch is passed to Charles and Camilla. Predictably the gloomy, puritanical republicans are already campaigning for the abolition of the monarchy, with posters attacking members of the Royal family for their supposed failings, conveniently ignoring the fact that so many main stream politicians are guilty of far more significant transgressions. These sullen iconoclasts despise anything which encourages the ordinary people to feel pride in their country, its history and its values, so loath the support that the institution of the monarchy brings to these things.
These people talk as if the monarchy is a financial drain on the nation, as evidenced by one who claimed that the jubilee celebrations would cost every household about 38,000 pounds, when even the BBC admitted that the true cost was approximately 1 pound. Do these people think that the presidents of France, Germany and the USA do not cost their exchequers vast sums? In addition a President Tony Blair, or Boris Johnson, would inevitably lack the kind of almost universal support enjoyed by a hereditary monarch, who sits above the political fray. The Queen, by virtue of being the head of the Armed Forces, the Established Church, the judiciary, and being the head of state, prevents any despot from arrogating such power to themselves, and a constitutional monarch is a bulwark of democracy, as we saw in Spain in 1981 when King Juan Carlos prevented a paramilitary takeover.
Constitutional monarchy has proved to be the most effective, and benign, form of government, but republicans will agitate to change to some sort of presidential system, ignoring the fact that the latter are a recipe for divisiveness, as witnessed now in the USA. For seventy years the Queen has been the quiet epicentre of our national life, providing stability amid the turmoil of the years, and we should all be grateful for her steadfast service, which has protected us against the upheavals which have afflicted so much of the world. That she holds the symbolic power, while the Prime Minister has executive responsibility is the great strength of our constitution .
In Holmes' swan song "His Last Bow" he praises Dr Watson as the one fixed point in a changing age, and, in all things that matter, such as duty, loyalty, patriotism and faith, the same must be said of our Queen. The British monarchy is worth every penny, and we should all give thanks that they exist, and pray that the institution continues into the future. God save the Queen.
Kent Messenger - 9th June 2022
In Holmes' final words to praise to his friend Dr Watson he says "Good old Watson! You are the one fixed point in a changing age", and, in all things that matter, such as duty, loyalty, and faith, the same must be said of our Queen. For seventy years she has been the quiet epicentre of our national life, providing stability amid the turmoil of the years, and we should all be grateful for her steadfast service, which has protected us against the upheavals which have afflicted so much of the world.
Unfortunately in this world no one lives forever, and one day we shall be faced with the end of her reign, which will be the signal for the vociferous minority of republicans to launch a major assault on the whole concept of a monarchy. Despite the fact that a constitutional monarch has proved to be the most effective, and benign, form of government, many will agitate to change to some sort of presidential system, ignoring the fact that the latter are a recipe for divisiveness, as witnessed now in the USA. A President Tony Blair, or Boris Johnson, would inevitably lack the kind of almost universal support enjoyed by a hereditary monarch, who sits above the political fray. The latter, by virtue of being the head of the Armed Forces, the Established Church, the judiciary, and being the head of state, prevents any despot from arrogating such power to themselves, and is a bulwark of democracy, as we saw in Spain in 1981 when King Juan Carlos prevented a paramilitary takeover.
Foolish, uninformed people talk as if the monarchy is a financial drain on the nation, as evidenced by one person on Twitter who claimed that the jubilee celebrations would cost every household about 38,000 pounds, when even the BBC admitted that the true cost was approximately 1 pound. Do these people think that the presidents of France, Germany and the USA do not cost their exchequers vast sums?
The British monarchy is worth every penny, and we should all give thanks that they exist, and pray that the institution continues into the future. God save the Queen.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 3rd June 2022
Although the national print media are known to support various political parties the main national broadcasters are expected to be unbiased. However the belligerence shown by their reporters when speaking the Prime Minister makes clear that they are committed to an agenda resolutely opposed to virtually anything he says. The aggressive, accusatory tone of their questions would be insulting to anyone, let alone someone in authority faced with the responsibility for dealing with some of the most difficult challenges to have arisen for many years.
It is particularly nauseating to see many of these reporters and commentators, such as some from Sky, who have themselves been fined for breaches of lockdown regulations, taking a high handed approach, apparently convinced of their own moral rectitude. Their arrogance is only exceeded by their hypocrisy, and, were I the PM, I would point out that they are ignoring the beam in their own eye. One can only admire his self restraint.
Kent Messenger - 2nd June 2022
I am sorry that Alan Gleave is so ill informed as to the aims of the liberal left that he finds my letter difficult to understand, so I will give details of those issues with which they are obsessed, always to the detriment of this country, and its people.
No decent person would regard slavery with anything but the utmost abhorrence, but to these so called liberals Britain is almost uniquely guilty, and must be condemned for all time. This ignores both the facts that this obscene practice disfigured the world for many centuries before the British Empire existed, and that it could be found in many, many countries. Of course it should never have happened but what is just ignored is that eventually Britain not only banned the trade, but lost thousands of men, and a large number of ships driving the slavers from the oceans. There is no reason for the current population of these islands to hang their heads in shame, unless of course we are to see the same judgements applied to every nation throughout the world, regarding events from classical times onwards.
Another obsession of this section of the chattering classes is the question of 'trans', which has led to feminist icons such as Germaine Greer, and J K Rowling, being demonised for daring to suggest that the rights for which women have fought for decades must be undermined by the demands of a vanishingly small sexual minority, most of whom probably only wish to be left alone, not used as a means for the liberal left to burnish their image as morally superior. The cases where self identified 'trans' men have been found guilty of assaulting women to whom they have obtained access do not seem to trouble the latter.
The cherished principle of innocent unless proved guilty is gradually being eroded by those who assert that an accusation is somehow proof, particularly in relation to claims of sexual abuse. Who would now want to risk being a teacher, scoutmaster or priest when they may be subjected to false accusations, and treated as guilty unless they can prove otherwise.
Ordinary people are increasingly persecuted for choosing to disagree with the fashionable opinions promulgated by the 'woke', to the point where we are supposed to reject much of our culture in case it offends the snowflakes of the universities. The burning of books which contradict the opinions of these self appointed guardians of morality cannot be long delayed.
I don't think we need Mr Gleave to reject other's views merely because he doesn't understand them.
BBC History Magazine - 1st June 2022
I feel that the article concerning Napoleon was unfair to its subject. While his later career saw his original ideals often undermined by the reality of power, he was from the first a believer in the Revolution, as a reading of his letters and general writings make clear.
After his early victories in Italy, he set up the Cisalpine and Ligurian republics, based upon the constitution of the New France, and when he occupied Malta in 1798, he abolished slavery and feudal privileges, while Jews and Moors were given equal rights to Christians.
Although his wars led to a great loss of human life Napoleon was never a monster like those who have disfigured the following centuries, despots like Hitler, Stalin and Putin. He was unquestionably one of the greatest military commanders of all time, and that he did not accept the policies espoused by the extreme Jacobins put an end to their vicious insanities, and in those lands he conquered he attempted to implement reforms aimed at bettering the lot of the ordinary people.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 20th May 2022
Those who, until the local elections, lived in some areas run by Conservative councils, but which are now under the control of the left, will very soon find that there is a price to be paid for giving priority to such nonsense as Partygate.
The new councils will massively increase council tax in order to implement their pet projects, motorists will be subjected to renewed attack, as LTNs are set up, making life difficult for them, and for residents, while money, and attention, will be directed to pursuing a 'woke' agenda, rather than fixing the potholes.
Undoubtedly a number of Conservative councillors deserved ejection, but the electorate will find that they have thrown the baby out with the bathwater. Perhaps the most optimistic view is that, by the time of the general election, the reality of rule by the liberal left will have inoculated many voters against supporting them.
Kent Messenger - 19th May 2022
As usual Ray Duff parrots the propaganda of the selfish, middle class, Left liberal elite, to the detriment of the ordinary workers he claims to champion. I am afraid that Mr Duff must absorb the news with his eyes closed, as even a cursory inspection of the visual record of the boats arriving reveals that probably more than ninety per cent of those on board are young men. This is in complete contrast to the Ukrainians fleeing from the Russians, who are women and children, while their men are staying to fight the aggressors. In addition many of those interviewed after arriving on the beaches admit that they are from Third World countries where no combat is in progress. It is obvious that they are primarily economic migrants, breaking the law in order to jump the queue, and ignoring the fact that they have passed through safe countries on their way to the UK.
Perhaps Mr Duff should reserve some of his sympathy for the inhabitants of British communities in the old industrial areas, who have seen the steel works, mines and shipyards closed, while the Job Centres are full of adverts for training courses, but no jobs. It is a disgrace that the majority of those coming in have been transferred to such areas as Teesside, while the comfortable denizens of prosperous areas such as north London risk no competition for their livelihoods in professions such as PR and human resource management. I suspect that if reception centres were set up in Highgate and St John's Wood, we would soon become aware of squeals of protest from the middle classes.
I suggest that Mr Duff wakes up to the fact that far from being a tribune of the people he is just a dupe used by a virtue signalling elite who care nothing for their own people.
Kent Messenger - 12th May 2022
In the days when religious belief was strong there were many who chose to display their dedication by indulging in forms of mortification of the flesh, whether it be by wearing a hair shirt, chains, or by self-flagellation. In this way those involved demonstrated their virtue to the world, although at a cost to themselves.
Now we have very many white, middle class elitists indulging in virtue signalling, and apparently practising self-flagellation, but in the form of metaphorical sackcloth and ashes, bemoaning the supposed terrible crimes committed by their own country, their own racial group, or those who share their own sexual identity.
Of course, all this comes at no real cost to themselves, as it involves no pain, or monetary penalty, but allows them to parade their piety, and membership of the self appointed caring classes. That the effects on their fellow citizens, who find their way of life, and beliefs, constantly under attack from these hypocrites, is of no importance to them. The universities are undermined, the provision of services distorted by absurd limitations, and the cultural life of the nation treated as a cause for shame, in order that the comfortable, self regarding followers of 'woke' may bathe in the warmth of their own virtue.
It is time that these people were treated as the idiots they are, and totally ignored by decent people.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 6th May 2022
In the past politicians were significant people, after the First World War discussing weighty matters, such as post-war reconstruction, economic development, and female emancipation, while after the Second the major subjects of setting up the welfare state, defending freedom from the Communist threat, and dealing with the end of Empire. During my time in politics I have met, and even, in some instances, sat in committees with many serious politicians, such as Sir Richard Body, Tony Benn, Enoch Powell, Peter Shore, and David Stoddart, and these were MPs who discussed the important issues of the day, while representing their constituents to the best of their ability.
What a change we see today. The Commons sees fit to obsess over such matters as cake, and the feminine charms of Labour's deputy leader, while it seems that some behave in a way, particularly relating to sexual matters, which is an insult to those who elected them. Of course, most MPs are decent, and hardworking, but even these are frequently exercised about things which are not worthy of discussion.
As we enter iron times, with the possibility of war once again a paramount cause for concern it is noticeable that those MPs who have actually served in the Armed Forces are coming to the fore; men such as Ben Wallace, Secretary of State for Defence, and Tom Tugendhat, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, who speak with knowledge about the dangers which threaten us. It is utterly deplorable that the level of debate in the Commons appears to sink to a new low each week, and it is time that MPs looked to those from the past, often themselves veterans of war, as models to emulate. What is going on at the moment is a disgrace, and shows contempt for the electorate, at a time when democracy is in peril in Eastern Europe.
Kent Messenger - 5th May 2022
About one hundred years ago, politicians were serious people, discussing matters such as post war reconstruction, economic development, and female emancipation. After the second war the issues were equally as major, setting up the welfare state, defending freedom from the Communist threat, and dealing with the end of Empire. Now we are treated to the spectacle of MPs ranting hysterically about whether the fact the Prime Minister had cake on his birthday is worthy of police, and parliamentary, investigation.
I hesitate, given the triviality of the matter, to even discuss the ridiculous case put forward by the Left, but, as so many seem to wish to air their views, I think we should look at the facts. Boris was presented with a cake by his fellow workers, with whom he had shared the workspace for months, and he had contact with them for approximately nine minutes. He was not wearing a paper hat, drinking to excess, and kissing everyone in sight, but showing the minimum amount of courtesy to others who wished him well.
If Boris denied to parliament breaking any rules it was because any reasonable person would agree that he was speaking the truth, not having fully appreciated just how low the standard of political debate had sunk. If Conservative MPs now remove him they will be repeating the same mistake they made when they stabbed Margaret Thatcher in the back, and I suspect with the same result. A decade of Labour rule now would finish this country, seeing us abjectly slinking back into that failing monolith the EU, bowing the knee to every fanatic, whether they be woke or green, and undermining our ability to defy the totalitarians. Boris has many faults, as we all do, but to destroy his premiership over such an insignificant matter would be insane.
Kent Messenger - 28th April 2022
How much longer must we endure the disruptive, and illegal activities of Extinction Rebellion, and its associated groups, who are doing so much more damage to our country than any minor infringement for which Boris may have been responsible.
Their whole campaign is based on a false premise, as examination of the historical, and geological record, shows that the climate has frequently varied in accordance with natural factors totally outside any human agency. Amounts of carbon dioxide, which at 0.04% is almost a trace gas in the atmosphere, have fluctuated quite separately from major climate changes, and indeed it increases as a result of warming temperatures preventing the oceans absorbing as much as hitherto, being a symptom, not a cause.
These groups blatantly break the law, making life harder for everyone, and exacerbate the already high costs of energy, yet the hypocritical Left supports them. It is well past time that the police treated them as the criminals they are, and the courts handed down deterrent sentences, instead of judges praising their actions.
By all means reduce our use of finite resources of fossil fuels, but on a sensible timescale, and only when true alternatives such as nuclear fusion are in place. A reasonable date would be 2070, when the latter should be ready, not 2030, which is utterly absurd.
Times of Tunbridge Wells - 27th April 2022
We in this area, and across the South East have been unable to obtain petrol recently thanks to the illegal actions of arrogant Green extremists. We live in a democracy. If one has a cause in which one believes then one can do what we who wanted the UK to leave the EU did. Write and deliver leaflets, put up legal posters, hold meetings, organise marches, and stand for office in elections. What one does not have the right to do is break the law, and disrupt the lives of one's fellow citizens in the arrogant belief that one is occupying the moral high ground. These green fanatics have no right to act as if the law did not apply to them.
Even the briefest study of history proves that climates have changed before man discovered oil or invented the combustion engine. Our planet's climate has a 4.5-billion year history yet man has only recorded our weather since 1861.
The most likely culprits for the regular changes to our climate are variations in Solar output, eccentricities in the Earth's orbit or the effects of the movement of the tectonic plates. That the general public are probably unfamiliar with these theories only goes to show the power of the media who have, in the main, totally brought into a belief in man-made climate change. We are being bullied by scientific illiterates, who base their argument on a totally false premise that Man's actions are responsible for a natural phenomenon.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 22nd April 2022
Concerning the most important issues of the day the Prime Minister is on the side of the majority of the British people. He supported Brexit against the undemocratic liberal left, who sought to overrule the will of the people; he has spoken out against the insane views of those who put the interests of a tiny transsexual minority ahead of the rights of women; is now, with Priti Patel, making a determined effort to stop the flow of illegal immigration across the Channel; and has supported the people of Ukraine both morally and physically, as they seek to defeat the Russian bear.
Nevertheless, hysterical opponents try to force his resignation over the absurd matter of whether he had cake two years ago, ignoring the fact that he has paid the fine as required by law. After all, if one were to pay a fine for a minor offence, would not one expect that to be the end of the matter.
Of course, the attacks are totally politically motivated, largely by that section of society who find it impossible to define what constitutes a woman, something normal people have no trouble in determining. It is a far greater scandal than 'partygate' that the heirs to great Labour leaders such as Attlee and Gaitskill should be so afraid of the woke extremists that they refuse to condemn their imbecilities, and proves that they are truly unfit to govern.
Boris is still too beholden to the environmental fanatics, but fortunately circumstances look set to render the latter irrelevant, as reality once again takes centre stage.
Kent Messenger - 21st April 2022
It is very noticeable that those from the Left who are displaying so much indignation about 'cakegate', declaring that breaking the law is wrong, as indeed it is, radically change their position when it comes to thousands of illegal immigrants arriving on the Kent coast.
Despite a great deal of talk this invasion of our country continues, as thousands, enthusiastically spurred on by the French, arrive across the Channel, adding to the problems we already endure of a lack of a sufficient number of schools, jobs, houses, GPs etc. While one sympathises with those seeking to improve their life chances the potential numbers run into millions, and I think of those parents, particularly in the old industrial areas, who have seen their children unable to obtain decent employment, but who must now watch those with no ties to this nation, undercut wages, and obtain housing which is in such short supply.
The comparison of the reception of Channel boat people, and that of Ukraine refugees is absurd. It is very noticeable that a majority of the former are young men, clearly seeking to better their economic position, while the latter are, thanks to a ban on men leaving, women and children, fleeing bombs and missiles. How can it be right to allow economic migrants to avoid all effective checks when arriving, while at the same time place obstacles in the way of those in immediate fear for their lives? Those who prefer to sanction illegal immigration by those who, even according to the EU, which so many of the liberal left worship, should seek asylum in the first EU country in which they arrive, are displaying double standards. Any who prefer to approve such blatant law breaking over the need to provide refuge to a people in fear of Putin's thugs are utterly deplorable.
Those from the Third World who would like to move to the West represent a bottomless pit, while the people of Ukraine wish only to go back home, once the Russian fascists are gone. The bureaucrats of the Home Office are proving once again that their organisation is not fit for purpose, a reality compounded by the fact that civil servants are still refusing to return to work, despite the fact that so many who provide the services which allow them to hide at home, have been, and continue to be, working normally. The Prime Minister broke the law, has been fined, and paid up, in accordance with that law, which is how our legal system operates. That those who hate him because of his political stance on such matters as Brexit, and the 'trans' issue, demand his resignation based on their supposed respect for the law, yet very many of the same people condone the continued breach of our laws by illegal immigration.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 15th April 2022
Many people in the West have lost all sense of proportion. In the Ukraine Russian troops are using sexual violence as a weapon, with small children being forced to see their mothers raped, while here we see pathetic individuals claiming to be devastated because someone addressed them with what they deem to be the wrong pronoun. A recent news film showed a father and mother murdered in cold blood by Putin's thugs, but endless news columns are devoted to a minor altercation between two Hollywood luvvies. The fanatics of Extinction Rebellion again choose to block fuel supplies over their false claims that changes to climate are manmade, while millions are worried that they will not be able to heat their homes. Idiots persist in harping on about who ate cake when we need to support resolute leadership trying to provide effective support to Ukraine.
As we witness the contrast between the meaningless talking shop of the EU, and the military power of NATO, Remainers prove that they are like the Bourbons who, as Talleyrand said "They had learned nothing and forgotten nothing.", being unable to recognize that the European are too dependent on Russian energy to defy Putin.
It is no surprise that Richard Landholt displays all the arrogance of his soulmates the BBC, when he abandons any effort to debate a subject. The latter decreed some years ago that the science regarding climate change was settled, and so they would not permit those who dispute this to be given airtime, regardless of the fact that there are many in the scientific community who disagree with this lazy consensus. All the time opponents make false claims about the subjects Mr Landolt mentions it is incumbent upon those who differ to offer a rebuttal, otherwise the field would be left clear for such wrong ideas to flourish. No doubt Mr Putin would concur with the idea that no argument should be permitted.
BBC History Magazine - 11th April 2022
The article on 'Dig for Victory' brought back childhood memories of being raised during rationing, although we never felt that we were in anyway deprived. It has left me with legacy of always clearing my plate, of never being fussy about what I eat, and even now of being surprised that so much is available out of season. I also still enjoy currently unfashionable food such as broccoli, parsnips, swedes and cabbage.
The diet we followed in those days was certainly very much more basic that that we have today, but it was healthy, and we did not suffer from the incidence of obesity we now endure, partially because we ate fruit rather than the kind of desserts preferred today.
However we have not learnt our lesson, as we import approximately forty percent of our food, and some advocate increasing this proportion still further. In the event of another major interruption to supplies we should be in an even worse position that we were in the 1940s.
Kent Messenger - 7th April 2022
The majority of those who agree with Richard Styles about car ownership fall into two main categories. Firstly, green obsessives whose hatred of fossil fuels is so intense that they would prefer that we were back in the caves, rather than embrace the modern world made possible by their use. In common with all other puritan fanatics, they hate the idea of people actually enjoying themselves, instead of wearing hair shirts and metaphorically indulging in self-flagellation in support of their monomaniacal cause. They are joined in their opposition to cars by the middle class metropolitan elitists, who live in areas such as North London, where they are served by trains, both overground, and underground, an extensive, and regular bus network, and access to taxis at the drop of a hat. One friend who lives in St John's Wood finds it impossible to relate to those who live in small rural villages, whose cars are the only way they can reach beyond their immediate neighbourhood.
In the past people lived and worked within a very short distance from their homes, with many never venturing more than a few miles throughout their lives. The ubiquitous use of cars has liberated the ordinary person, making it possible to commute for work, and to enjoy a richer, fuller life. This is of course anathema to those who dislike the idea of the working class being liberated from dependence on what they in their bounty may decide to provide in terms of public transport.
There are unquestionably downsides to the use of cars, but, as one who for six years was a volunteer driver, taking old ladies to shops, clinics etc. I am only too well aware of the limitations we would endure if we tried to abandon private transport. Walking and bike riding is acceptable for the physically fit, but only for relatively short distances, while the cost of providing a really effective bus service would be prohibitive.
There is no easy answer, although using our domestic energy supplies would certainly help. Returning to the transport methods used in past centuries would be unfeasible, so car ownership is the only reasonable alternative for those living outside well served urban areas.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 1st April 2022
Valerie Russell says that there is no comparison between Brexit and the war taking place in Ukraine, yet the Ukrainian minister to the UK has stated that he quite agrees with Boris, as both matters concern freedom. One would have thought that if the comment was insulting the Ukrainian minister would hardly praise it. She also asks that someone would explain to her the freedoms Brexit has brought. As those of us who enthusiastically supported leaving the EU constantly reiterate, the intention was to return the effective governance of this country to our elected representatives, removing it from the grasp of appointed apparatchiks in Brussels, and this aim has been accomplished. What we do with our freedom is now up to us.
Anthony Towell extols the virtues of compromise, but of course this depends on the claims of both sides of a dispute having some validity. If one were to demand a thousand pounds of Mr Towell, and he were to, not surprisingly, offer nothing, would he considers parting with five hundred pounds a satisfactory compromise? Putin's demands are sheer blackmail, and must be rejected with contempt.
As usual Tony Sykes confuses the EU with NATO, the former possessing no armed forces, while the UK is the leading military European nation within the latter. He is correct that constant defence reviews have weakened our strength, but this is irrelevant as far as membership or otherwise of the EU is concerned. Of course Mr Sykes cannot resist his usual personal attacks on Boris, regarding matters which are of no consequence, such as who had cake for their birthday.
It is time that people woke up to the fact that we face an existential threat from a renegade, nuclear armed state, and that refighting old battles is a distraction from what must be done.
Kent Messenger - 31st March 2022
In his comments on Brexit Ed McConnell defines what he believes was its purpose, and then says it has not been achieved. However, as those of us who enthusiastically supported leaving the EU constantly reiterate, the intention was to return the effective governance of this country to our elected representatives, removing it from the grasp of appointed apparatchiks in Brussels, and this aim has been accomplished. What we do with our freedom is now up to us.
Mr McConnell derides the comment by the Prime Minister comparing the impulse behind Brexit with the desire of the Ukraine people to run their own affairs yet the Ukrainian minister to the UK, someone whom in other matters Mr McConnell would no doubt rightly applaud, has stated that he quite agrees, as both concern freedom. The so-called fury at the PM's remarks came from the most vociferous Remainers, both here, and abroad, and is hardly surprising, given their slavish allegiance to Brussels.
The answer as to why the other benefits of Brexit are yet to happen is obvious. Everything was thrown off course by a pandemic which suddenly emerged from the shadows, while unfortunately there are still far too many in positions of influence in this country, including within all the main parties, who desire to override the will of the people, and still work towards that aim. Unless they are resisted, and removed from their positions, the battle for our freedom is far from over.
As far as the comment by Catherine Tuke is concerned, perhaps she would like to explain how any lives lost to Covid would have been saved had the Downing Street parties never happened. The point is that, faced with an existential threat from Putin's military, whether or not someone had cake for their birthday is totally irrelevant.
Times of Tunbridge Wells - 30th March 2022
My wife and I very much admire Russian culture, and accordingly had booked for the Russian Opera on tour. However, while recognising that it would be wrong to boycott artistic icons such as Tchaikovsky, we have no wish for any of our money to find its way back to a Russia committing war crimes in Ukraine. When Councillors Paul Stepto and Marguerita Morton suggest that customers are somehow at fault, when they assume that a company performing under the title of the Russian State Opera is indeed what its name implies, they are being absurd.
It is not the responsibility of those buying tickets to research the registration of such organisations, any liability for misunderstanding being laid at the doors of those who allowed what is in essence false advertising. Having attended performances in St Petersburg we quite rightly took it that the organisation was as stated, and that therefore we should support the boycott. I suggest that in future artistic companies do not adopt titles to which they are not entitled. Accusations of xenophobia are thrown around by those who prefer abuse to facts.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 25th March 2022
At a time when Putin's thugs are killing and maiming innocent men, women and children, the usual suspects of the liberal left unerringly pick the wrong side to support. They work on a version of Orwell's sheep in 1984, as to them it is always "our side wrong, any other side right".
Steve Barrass appears to think that EU membership is some sort of panacea for countries under threat, when in fact that organisation is a talking shop, without military power, and dominated by nations already in hock to Russia for their energy supplies.
Tony Sykes echoes this idiocy, as he describes Brexit as a disaster, when in fact it liberated this country from control by unelected bureaucrats. The latter describe Boris as having extreme right wing views, when in reality he is far too liberal to deal with the problems we face, while he also seems to use Putin's threats as reasons to retreat from doing what is right.
Incidentally I did not quote Hitler in my letter, merely pointing out that he made claims similar to Putin about expatriate populations. I assume Mr Sykes favourite quotes would come from EU functionaries, or perhaps Stalin.
Kent Messenger - 24th March 2022
The action taken by P & O ferries in sacking hundreds of British seafarers, replacing them by less well paid foreign workers is utterly deplorable, and is another example of profit being placed before any other consideration. As is evidenced by the mess in which countries such as Germany find themselves over energy supplies we must put the interests of the country first. Quite apart from the immorality of treating people in this way the Merchant Navy helped preserve the freedoms of this country during the Second World War, and to place reliance on foreign labour is madness.
As events in Europe now prove globalisation has had its day, based as it was on a far too rosy view of the world. 'Just in time' supplies, and the running down of reserves leave us vulnerable to our enemies, and we must now revert to being able to fend for ourselves should we find the nation under attack.
Kent Messenger - 17th March 2022
The Russian invasion of the Ukraine has revealed once again the truth about evil men as condemned in Isaiah: "Their feet run to evil; they are swift to shed innocent blood. Their thoughts are sinful thoughts; ruin and destruction lie in their wake." One does not have to be religious to see that this describes Putin and his accomplices to perfection, and we all know that humanity has always possessed a dark side.
However there are also many other despicable people in whom evil exists, and we have seen them come to the fore since the war began. It almost begs belief that sex traffickers should be waiting at the borders of Ukraine in the hope of deceiving women and children fleeing the Russian tanks into trusting them, so that they may involve them in their vile trade, while some of the morons of social media are concocting false accounts of the war, using footage from unrelated conflicts, in order to undermine the efforts of the brave Ukrainian people. Some of the more lunatic conspiracy theorists are even trying to deny that the invasion has occurred at all.
At another level, not evil, but totally misguided, are those who are trying to justify Putin's actions. Whatever historical issues may have been involved there can be no excuse for the bombing of a maternity home, the indiscriminate shelling of residential areas, and the forecast use of banned weapons to save Putin's face. It is a disgrace that benighted apologists for Russia on the Left, and incredibly some conservative commentators, are prepared to justify such actions in the name of some supposed greater cause.
We have those who still seek to fight irrelevant political battles, when we face the need to give absolute priority to ensuing the survival of the democratic world. Those such your correspondent Sarah Harrison seems to believe that it is somehow amusing that anyone should advocate putting an end to the absurd Green agenda, which is undermining our strength, and leaving us beholden to enemies such as Russia, while threatening us with a disastrous shortage of the energy needed, inter alia, to heat our homes. She asks if humanity can find a better source of energy, and the answer is yes, but not immediately. Nuclear fusion will indeed do this, but not until about 2070, and until then we must rely on fossil fuels. In seeking instant change at once she is expressing no more than a pious hope, something that is hoped for but will probably not happen, and offers no practical solutions.
Finally I find it almost unbelievable that, when we face an existential threat, some should still think it appropriate to harp on about 'cakegate', and such trivial rubbish. We have been living in a false dream for decades, unable to see that such matters are inconsequential. As Putin's guns fire the real world has returned, and we must now wake up, and face its actual dangers once again.
Kent Messenger - 10th March 2022
World history stands at a watershed moment. Once again, as in the 1930s, a combination of self deception, complacency, and a refusal to recognize the realities of the world, has put the democratic nations in jeopardy, and vindicated those of us who have long argued against the defence reviews which consistently reduced our military capabilities. There must be a sea change in our thinking if we are to survive, although time is short.
The fellow travellers of organisations such as "Stop the War", and CND, will squeal at the thought of drawing a line in the sand. One comment by a supporter of these moronic groups was "Ukraine deserves more condemnation than Russia, as, if they had acceded to President Putin requests, there would have been no war". It is impossible to understand the mindset of such idiots, who would no doubt have said something similar about Hitler in the 1940s. It is worth recalling that, had the Ukraine not abandoned its nuclear weapons in the aftermath of the Cold War, Russia would not have dared attack. So much for the mindless appeasers of CND! The usual suspects, from the Left of the Labour party, and the ragbag of boneheads and traitors who always support any enemy of the West are whining about "NATO aggressors". As Churchill said of possible traitors in 1940 "Woe betide them!".
The idiotic pursuit of a so called peace dividend has led the West to consistently run down our conventional forces, so that, in the event of overt acts of hostility by our enemies, we will quickly be faced with the alternative of yielding, or resorting to tactical nuclear weapons, which would inevitably lead to use of strategic ICBMs, resulting in the destruction of much of humanity. Too many rungs have been removed from the ladder of escalation, and we must hope that we have time to rectify the situation.
Friedrich Nietzsche said that "Under conditions of peace the warlike man attacks himself.", and in recent years, we have seen this happen, particularly in the Anglosphere. Those pathetic namby-pamby weaklings infesting our universities, whom are crying for 'safe spaces' might find that there are worse things than statues, and books, to threaten their poor little sensibilities, such as a Russian bayonet. What the Chinese government describe as 'Sissy men', desperate to walk around in women's clothes, could discover that the use of incorrect pronouns is the least of their worries, given that Mr Putin is not known for his sympathies to vanishingly small sexual minorities.
I am old enough to remember rationing, and the insane refusal to use our own energy resources, while relying of foreign imports, means that we soon will face placing comparable restrictions on domestic users. The Greens must be ignored and fracking, and new nuclear power stations brought online, while the still large oil and gas fields in our waters, plus if necessary the coal mines, reopened.
We also have a moral duty to take in Ukrainian refugees who share our desire for democracy, and freedom, while being for the most part Christians.
In truth we are now seeing a return to the realities of the world. War is an inborn tendency within mankind, and although we do not seek it, we must be aware that it will never vanish from the planet. As Franklin Roosevelt said "Speak softly and carry a big stick". As we watch the martyrdom of the Ukrainian people we forget that truth at our peril.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 4th March 2022
Once again, as in the 1930s, a combination of self deception, complacency, and a refusal to recognize the realities of the world, has put the democratic nations in jeopardy, and vindicated those of us who have long argued against the defence reviews which consistently reduced our military capabilities.
The claims by Hitler that he was only seeking to protect his fellow countrymen who lived in foreign nations, and were being oppressed, and now echoed by Putin in his claims about Russian speakers abroad, allowed many foolish people to defend the former's actions, until he finally launched the Wehrmacht against totally different peoples. Vladimir Putin has crossed the Rubicon, letting slip the dogs of war, and we now hear the hoofbeats of the four horsemen of the apocalypse resounding across the world. He is clearly not motivated by fear of encirclement, but by a desire to recreate the Russian Empire of the Tsars.
If Putin is allowed to get away with crushing the Ukraine, then the Baltic states will be next, followed by Finland, before he turns his baleful eye on the countries of Western Europe. Meanwhile China will invade Taiwan, while Iran will no doubt try their luck against Israel, although the latter will rightly reply in a manner which will finish the Ayatollahs. As far as we in the West are concerned we must, as Lady Macbeth says to her husband when he hesitated "Screw your courage to the sticking place". No doubt the fellow travellers of organisations such as "Stop the War", and CND, will squeal at the thought of drawing a line in the sand, but, as far as the ordinary people are concerned, they must not support a policy which as Churchill said in January 1940, describing the neutral states "Each one hopes that if he feeds the crocodile enough, the crocodile will eat him last. All of them hope that the storm will pass before their turn comes to be devoured. But I fear greatly that the storm will not pass. It will rage and it will roar ever more loudly, ever more widely".
We must, as in the words of Shakespeare's Henry V "When the blast of war blows in our ears, Then imitate the action of the tiger; Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood" or endure years of retreat, and eventual defeat, by the totalitarian states.
The absurd concerns of the wimps of woke, of whining Remainers, and of fanatical environmentalists, now fade into irrelevance, as the real world puts into proportion their vacuous meanderings.
Kent Messenger - 3rd March 2022
I could respond to those of your correspondents attacking me in your latest edition, but I feel this may be better left until World War III is over. The absurd concerns of the wimps of woke, and of fanatical environmentalists, now fade into irrelevance, as the real world puts into proportion their vacuous meanderings.
Vladimir Putin has crossed the Rubicon, letting slip the dogs of war, and we now hear the hoofbeats of the four horsemen resounding across the world. He is clearly not motivated by fear of encirclement, but by a desire to recreate the Russian Empire of the Tsars, and events are eerily similar to those of the late 1930s, when another despot set out to conquer Europe. The claims by Hitler that he was only seeking to protect his fellow countrymen who lived in foreign nations, and were being oppressed, and now echoed by Putin in his claims about Russian speakers abroad, allowed many foolish people to defend the former's actions until he finally launched the Wehrmacht against totally different peoples. Incidentally one wonders just who thought it a good idea to hold the recent security meeting in a city named Munich.
If Putin is allowed to get away with crushing the Ukraine, then the Baltic states will be next, followed by Finland, before he turns his baleful eye on the countries of Western Europe. Meanwhile China will invade Taiwan, while Iran will no doubt try their luck against Israel, although the latter will reply in a manner which will finish the Ayatollahs. As far as we in the West are concerned we must, as Lady Macbeth says to her husband when he hesitates "Screw your courage to the sticking place". No doubt the fellow travellers of organisations such as "Stop the War", and CND will squeal at the thought of drawing a line in the sand, but, as far as the ordinary people are concerned, they must not support a policy which as Churchill said in January 1940, describing the neutral states "Each one hopes that if he feeds the crocodile enough, the crocodile will eat him last. All of them hope that the storm will pass before their turn comes to be devoured. But I fear greatly that the storm will not pass. It will rage and it will roar ever more loudly, ever more widely".
We must, as in the words of Shakespeare's Henry V "when the blast of war blows in our ears, Then imitate the action of the tiger; Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood" or endure years of retreat, and eventual defeat, by the totalitarian states.
Kent Messenger - 24th February 2022
I was born into the working class, something of which I am proud, as it contributed so much of the blood spilt in defending freedom in two world wars, while the country relied upon the ordinary workers for its industrial well being. Since those days I have seen that class treated with increasing contempt by those who have achieved what they consider superior status, so that the beliefs and attitudes held dear by the former are mocked, or dismissed as racist, misogynistic or generally unacceptable to the sensibilities of the metropolitan liberal elite.
In reality ordinary people for the most part get along perfectly well with members of minority groups, understanding that they often share similar problems due to their common economic position, while it is now generally recognised that the most neglected section of children in the education system come from the white working class, particularly boys. Of course the the cultural warriors now infesting the teaching profession refuse to accept this fact, because of their obsession with woke ideology, and in particular their fanatical promotion of critical race theory, and of the concept of white privilege. I very much doubt that my parents would have considered themselves the beneficiaries of white privilege, when my father lost his job in the 1950s due to ill health, and my mother was obliged to take on cleaning jobs, as well as working during the day, in order to raise two sons.
We now have the situation where parents are reporting that their children are being browbeaten by left wing activists in the schools, and are coming home feeling exhausted, defeated and depressed, having been told that, merely because of the colour of their skin they are not racially innocent. This situation is due to the deliberate policy adopted by the far left to undertake what they described as a march through the institutions, spreading ideas advocating their version of socialism, far removed from that as understood by ordinary Labour party supporters.
What these blinkered fanatics fail to appreciate is that this sort of propaganda will eventually anger the majority of the population, resulting in the sort of inter racial strife they claim to fear. It is not those from the ethnic minorities who are the enemy of the working class, but the white liberal elitists now dominating so much of our social landscape.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 18th February 2022
Cressida Dick should never have been appointed head of the Metropolitan Police after the operation she directed as leader of Gold Command led to the death of the innocent Brazilian Jean Charles da Silva e de Menezes, an appointment condemned by his family. Nevertheless the desire of our political class to display their politically correct credentials ensured that they preferred to select the first female head, regardless of other issues.
Now that she is retiring there is an opportunity to make fundamental changes to the Met, returning it to its proper function of fighting genuine crime, but the continued dominance of the so called progressives makes such action unlikely. Unfortunately TV's DCI Hunt is a fictional character, but it is his model of policing which would restore common-sense to the force, although whether any such as he could exist under the modern leadership is doubtful. An end should be put to the growing power of what is an embryonic Thought Police, spending time pursuing innocent citizens for using their right of free speech to oppose the nostrums of the politically correct, while the use of trained constables for monitoring computer crime should be stopped, a separate expert agency, on the lines of GCHQ, being created for such matters, who, once having established the details, could pass the evidence to the police for final action.
The public wants the police to be visible on the streets, dealing with both petty and major crime, not sitting in offices looking at computers, or attempting to intimidate law abiding citizens by 'checking their thinking', as has happened on more than one occasion. However I do not think anything will change until we have a government that is not in thrall to the vociferous activists of the Left. Whether that will ever be the case is, at best, doubtful.
Kent Messenger - 17th February 2022
I am sure that those now being forced to choose between eating, or heating their homes, will share Mike Eddy's amusement that anyone should be so misguided as to question the basic premise which is the cause of their dilemma. No doubt, pensioners, sitting wrapped in blankets in freezing rooms, will keep warm by contemplating their own virtue, while joining in a rousing laugh-along-with-Mike in ridiculing those who dared to suggest that global warming is unconnected to human activity (does that formulation meet with your approval Mr Eddy?).
Your other correspondent Ken Chapman appears to believe that to question climate change is a right wing policy, yet it is noticeable that it will be the less fortunate members of our society who will bear the brunt of the measures being forced upon us by the Greens, while the majority of those so exercised by the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere enjoy their warm, middle class homes, and drive around in electric vehicles, the cost of which prevent the hoi polloi from cluttering up the roads. I am reminded of the probably apocryphal suggestion attributed to Marie Antoinette about bread and cake (on no, not cake again!). Those who cannot afford gas should try under floor heating, and those who can no longer afford a car should use a hired limousine.
I suspect that an impartial observer from Alpha Centauri (is that how you spell it Mr Eddy?) would, should they posses a sense of humour, find the manner in which the human race was, like the Gadarene swine, possessed by demons which sent them racing into a sea of unreason, while finding especial amusement in the manner in which the British sacrificed their economy, and standard of living, to reduce the incidence of a harmless gas, while the main nations emitting the latter continued on their merry way, actually increasing their output of same.
Mr Eddy accuses me of being a latter day Alf Garnett, but I fear I am more like Cassandra, cursed to utter true prophecies, but never to be believed, until of course it is too late
Kent and Sussex Courier - 11th February 2022
Richard Landolt challenges me to name one benefit that Brexit has brought to the UK, although, given that the rose tinted spectacles he wears when looking at the EU are so thick, I doubt he could read the response. I do not know who the 'we' is when he attacks my comments on the Brussels bureaucracy, as clearly he does not speak for the majority of the electorate.
To answer his question, in common with all those slavishly devoted to rule from Brussels, he refuses to recognize that Brexit was not primarily about economic issues, but concerned the right of the British people to determine their own fate. The massive benefit which we have derived from leaving the EU is that we are once again governed by democratically elected, and accountable members of parliament, not frequently corrupt, and incompetent, appointees, usually failed politicians from minor states. To this one may add the right to make trade deals across the world, thus expanding the commerce which actually yields a profit, unlike the constant deficit we endured with the rest of the EU when a member.
Unfortunately the British establishment has obstructed a proper implementation of Brexit at every opportunity, while even the Conservative party has fallen for the nonsense being peddled by the Green lobby, distorting our economy by an absurd obsession with becoming carbon neutral. The country will only truly spread its wings if we put an end to all the EU regulations still in place, reject the Northern Ireland protocol in its entirety, and properly exploit domestic energy resources, including fully developing the North Sea oilfields, fracking and using nuclear power.
Perhaps Mr Landolt, Mr Barrass and other Europhiles ought to worry about the growing rebellion among Eastern European members, who are clearly also heading for the door marked exit.
Kent Messenger - 10th February 2022
Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, Star Hobson, Amina Johnson: the latest names in a litany of babies and children tormented, and then murdered by those responsible for caring for them. Thirty teenagers, the majority from ethnic minorities, stabbed to death on our streets last year. Almost one hundred women murdered by their so called partners in the same period. How many more deaths before we reject the liberal policies which have dominated the justice system for decades, and recognize that only by making the punishment fit the crime may we hope to stem this tide of the blood of innocents.
Virtue signalling elitists claim that deterrence does not work, a self evident lie, as it is the way in which humans, or indeed any sentient creature, learns to avoid fire, or to weigh risk against action. If these foul killers knew that they would face capital punishment for taking a life the vast majority would refrain from doing so, yet those who have dominated our nation for far too long prefer to defend them, advocating soft sentences which have allowed those guilty of such crimes to walk free often within a few years of being convicted.
The opponents of capital punishment try to make out that those who advocate it are a minority, who possess the mindset of a latter day Judge Jeffreys, yet the truth is that polls have constantly shown a majority in favour, while we who support it reserve our sympathy for the victims, not the perpetrators. Now we have left the EU we are at liberty to reinstate capital punishment. As it says in the Bible when Cain killed Abel the Lord said "Your brother's blood cries out to me from the ground" and do not the weak deserve protection from the strong.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 4th February 2022
In 2020 you published a letter from me warning that the old proverb "those whom the Gods wish to destroy they first make mad" was coming true in our time, and nothing has changed beyond a further descent into insanity. At a time when we face war in Europe the broadcast media obsesses over cake, we are threatened with a disaster in our energy supplies thanks to credence being given to the lunatic Green agenda, and the woke continue to advance on all fronts.
It is unbelievable that in the USA men are now self identifying as pregnant, while children are identifying as cats. Instead of telling the latter to stop being so stupid, some morons are actually providing them with litter trays.
Unless the sane majority put a stop to all this nonsense Western democratic civilisation will go the way of the Roman Empire, as totalitarian regimes like China, who treat such imbecility with the contempt it deserves, will triumph. A mindless decadence is undermining our societies, and we do not have long to prevent catastrophe.
Kent Messenger - 3rd February 2022
I totally agree with Lesley Flint that overpopulation is possibly the most challenging crisis facing humanity, but I am afraid that she does not understand my position on climate change. Neither the historical, nor the geological, record supports the claim that fluctuations in climate are connected to the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Changes are due to natural processes quite outside our control, such as solar output, and orbital eccentricities, and sacrificing our industrial society will be to wear a hair shirt to no purpose.
To give one example of dissent from the consensus, which the Greens claim exists, but does not, the European Climate Declaration signed by 500 scientists states "Current climate policies pointlessly and grievously undermine the economic system, putting lives at risk in countries denied access to affordable, reliable electrical energy". Another scientific group asserts that "There is no reproducible empirical scientific evidence that the extra carbon dioxide added to the atmosphere by the human population burning fossil fuels since the beginning of the industrial revolution has had, or will have, an effect on the Earth's climate that is detrimental to the human population".
We must reject the alarmist predications of the environmental lobby as it is an illusion to suppose that solar and wind can come near to meeting our constant and justified energy needs. Disaster awaits if we do not now row back on policies undermining our energy supplies. The immense cost of continuing these misguided policies will fall on all of us. All for a hypothesis which is false
Kent and Sussex Courier - 28th January 2022
Boris is far from perfect, as his enthusiastic endorsement of the extreme Green agenda attests. However the matter of drink parties at No 10, pursued obsessively by the Left, with the BBC acting as cheerleader, reveals the truth about the attitude of the British establishment to him, and the implacable hatred with which he is regarded by the Remainers for actually sticking to his guns, and delivering Brexit, albeit not yet fully.
That fanatical Remainer Lord Adonis made the game plan clear when he said "If Boris goes, Brexit goes". The bureaucrats, the so called progressive Left, the judiciary, large parts of the media, and almost all of the chattering classes are incandescent that the British people actually dared to defy them, and voted to leave the EU. They still do not accept that this is an accomplished fact, and continue to try and reverse the situation, while the BBC, even when war threatens in Eastern Europe, treats so called "Partygate" as if it was the most important challenge facing the nation. Their commentators, and indeed those of other broadcast media, such as Sky News, act as if they were the spokespeople for the opposition, not impartial reporters.
These people accuse Boris of showing contempt for the electorate, but we must never forget that they did their best to negate the greatest democratic vote taken in this country, because they have more in common with their continental counterparts than with the British people. When the result of the 2016 referendum was declared one senior civil servant was reported as saying "it will never happen". What arrogance!
I wonder how many of us religiously obeyed every regulation introduced during the pandemic. Boris is accused of hypocrisy but the true hypocrites are those who are casting the first stone.
Kent Messenger - 27th January 2022
The matter of drink parties, pursued by the Left, with the BBC acting as cheerleader, reveals the truth about the attitude of the British establishment to Boris, and the implacable hatred with which he is regarded by the Remainers for actually sticking to his guns, and delivering Brexit, albeit not yet fully.
The bureaucrats, the so called progressive Left, the judiciary, large parts of the media, and almost all of the chattering classes are incandescent that the British people actually dared to defy them, and voted to leave the EU. They still do not accept that this is an accomplished fact, and continue to try and reverse the situation. That fanatical Remainer Lord Adonis made the game plan clear when he said "If Boris goes, Brexit goes". The BBC, even when war threatens in Eastern Europe, treats so called "Partygate" as if it was the most important challenge facing the nation. Their commentators, and indeed those of other broadcast media, such as Sky News, act as if they were the spokespeople for the opposition, not impartial reporters.
These people accuse Boris of showing contempt for the electorate, but we must never forget that they did their best to negate the greatest democratic vote taken in this country, because they have more in common with their continental counterparts than with the British people. When the result of the 2016 referendum was declared one senior civil servant was reported as saying "it will never happen". What arrogance!
Boris makes mistakes, and certainly needs to get a grip, but the true hypocrites are those who point at the mote in his eye, while ignoring the plank in theirs.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 14th January 2022
As usual Steve Barrass confuses his subjective wishes with objective reality. Far from the theory of climate change being due to CO2 emissions being universally accepted, increasing numbers of serious scientists are pointing out that the gas is as innocent as Dreyfus, and that there is no evidence of cause and effect. Climate varies due to natural processes outside human control, and we cannot stop such changes, but need to adapt to them.
As far as his comments on Brexit are concerned it must have escaped his notice that there is a growing discontent within the EU about the direction the bloc is taking, with Poland muttering about Polexit, while France and Germany are at odds about energy policy, among many other things. The only problem with Brexit is that it has not yet been fully implemented, as the Northern Ireland Protocol must be abolished, while there must also be a bonfire of redundant regulations, and restrictions on trade, in order for the UK to enjoy the great opportunities before us. It is obvious that our so called friends in France will continue to push their unwanted economic migrants across the Channel, so the government must take urgent steps to stem the flow.
That Mr Barrass could welcome the continued treatment of the country as some sort of outpatient ward is amazing, given that most people have had enough of living in a clinic, when it is clear that the pandemic is rapidly becoming no more than an endemic infection, such as influenza.
I join Mr Barrass in wishing everyone a better New Year, but common-sense must be restored to our affairs if it is to be so.
Kent Messenger - 13th January 2022
I resent the implication by John Cooper that I have some sort of agenda when writing about the murder of children Star Hobson, and Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, as in reality I am motivated by pity for these poor little mites, and immense anger directed at their murderers, and, for different reasons at those who failed them.
Mr Cooper asserts that my claim that social workers are influenced by leftish ideology is a sweeping generalisation when in fact this is clear in case after case, and specifically in that of the little girl, for, as reported by the media, a bias in favour of a lesbian couple was said to be one reason why nothing was done, while he does not address the point I made about the replacement of mature staff by university graduates. It is obvious that those who have raised children themselves, and who are not in thrall to the absurd theories of university sociology departments, are much less likely to be taken in by the lies of the guilty parties.
I doubt that many who witness the massacre of the innocents taking place will share Mr Cooper's desire to take their hats off to those who have failed these children, while I suspect that very many would support my view that the murderers themselves should be subjected to the ultimate penalty, not allowed to escape with prison sentences.
In a different comment John Brightwell questions my contention that we need not rush into undermining our society in order to reduce CO2 emissions. He clearly misses the point that if, as many scientists believe, CO2 has nothing to do with climate change, then attacking such emissions is a waste of time, and a futile gesture in the face of natural phenomenon, about which we can do nothing but adapt to a changed world.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 7th January 2022
As they face greatly increased energy bills ordinary people are beginning to realise that there will be an immense cost to acceding to the demand of the Green lobby. What makes it so depressing is that the basic theory of an anthropological cause of any warming which might take place is flawed, yet the political class continue to put virtue signalling above the welfare of the population.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which is the main cheerleader for the Greens, nevertheless admitted in 2018 that "the climate system is a coupled non-linear chaotic system, and therefore the long-term prediction of future climate states is not possible." Evidence from the historical record refutes the claim that CO2 emissions cause warming, as human emissions of carbon dioxide from 1700 to 1850 were insignificant, yet historical records indicate the earth warmed at about the same rate during that period as it has since 1850 to the present while, more recently, the pause in warming between 1995 and 2014 coincided with what were then the highest-ever human-caused CO2 emissions.
Unfortunately the great majority of scare stories about the present, and future state of the planet, and humanity as a whole, are based on arcane subjects so most people have no way of determining whether the claims of a doomsday threat are credible, instead being reliant on the activists, the media, the politicians, and the scientists, all of whom have a very large financial or political stake in the subject, to tell them the truth.
In reality the intention to phase out all fossil fuel consumption in thirty years is the biggest threat to civilisation in the world today. Some want us to give up 80 percent of our total energy supply, currently provided by reliable, cost-effective fossil fuels, and replace it with unreliable expensive forms of energy like wind and solar. The environment extremists must be ignored if we are to have a viable future.
Kent Messenger - 6th January 2022
I hope that the prospect of massive rises to domestic energy bills will awaken people to the fact that uncritical acceptance of the dubious theories of the vociferous Green lobby comes at a significant cost. While it may make some feel virtuous to airily talk of saving the planet the reality is that, unless the absurd demands of the climate extremists are rejected we shall all be very much poorer, with a standard of living permanently lower than that which we have known in the past.
Many scientists disagree with the claims that the theory of anthropological global warming is beyond dispute but, thanks to the craven action by politicians who have merely bowed before the environmentalists, we have closed coal mines, ignored the large reserves of energy available from fracking, and allowed substantial reserves of gas below the North Sea to remain unexploited. The fact that we are thereby reduced to buying gas from Russia, at an increased cost in money, and a greater dependence on those who wish us ill, does not seem to have occurred to these fanatics.
If millions are not to be either reduced to poverty, or frozen in their own homes, the real cost of passively yielding to the clamour of an aggressive minority must be made clear, and a major change made to the direction of travel on energy policy.
BBC History Magazine - 1st January 2022
I was amazed by the letter from Bob Bass, discounting the value of studying history.
I am sure many people know the aphorism by writer and philosopher George Santayana "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.", and if we do not know where we came from, or how our culture came into being, we would indeed be wandering in an unenlightened desert of the mind.
There are many warnings from history which can provide a guide as to how to avoid making the same mistakes over and over again, and not to know of their existence would be foolish indeed.
Kent Messenger - 22nd December 2021
I am sure that I am not alone in feeling a sick anger at the murder of poor little Arthur Labinjo-Hughes. When I think that this little boy is recorded as saying "Nobody loves me, no one is going to feed me" I am consumed with fury that an innocent should die convinced that this was true.
Now we have the equally awful case of the sweet little girl Star Hobson, who was murdered at the age of 16 months by her mother's female 'partner' while the mother herself stood by, and did nothing. Indeed, while any normal person would, if they heard a child crying, try to help them, these two just laughed. As usual social workers allowed these cowardly bullies to talk their way out of it, but this time it is reported that, because they were lesbians, decided to treat the warnings from the family as being motivated by an anti-gay prejudice.
When my late mother was in her fifties, and after having raised two sons, she, as a convinced Christian, volunteered to work as a social worker looking after the less fortunate, including children. Many of her colleagues had a similar background. Suddenly they were told that their services were no longer required, as all social workers were now required to have a university degree, so they were dismissed, to be replaced by youngsters, who had no practical knowledge of bringing up children, and, worse, had been through indoctrination by left wing lecturers in sociology, so they were obsessed with applying the fashionable nostrums of the Left, rather than dealing with the real world. As a consequence middle class white parents are treated as guilty until proved innocent, while those whom the Left love to consider victims by virtue of their ethnicity or sexual orientation are excused time and time again.
Perhaps one day we will have a courageous government, which will replace the current set of social workers with those who can recognize evil when they encounter it, but I am not holding my breath.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 17th December 2021
The privations that those in Scotland and the North have endured due to loss of power should act as a warning that we must cease to heed the nonsense emanating from the environmental lobby, else such misery will become commonplace throughout the nation.
There is no climate crisis. Fluctuations in temperature are due to natural processes outside human control, and when these result in rises in temperature, as they do regularly in historical and geological terms, the sea becomes less able to absorb carbon dioxide, so the amount in the atmosphere increases, the exact opposite of the process claimed by the Greens, who are putting the cart before the horse. The gas involved is not a cause, but an effect of variations in temperature, is actually benign, and is no threat to us or the planet.
Unless we reject the unreasonable demands of the environmentalists we shall see the bankruptcy of the nation, the economic foundation of our society undermined, and our way of life destroyed. All this in pursuit of a stubborn belief in a dogma, driven by ignorance, and not supported, as claimed, by an unassailable consensus of climate scientists, but driven by what amounts to a global cult.
Kent Messenger - 9th December 2021
In common with all those who insist that the planet is in danger because of human activity Dr Kolmel makes assertions which he claims to be factual, when in fact they are largely opinions.
Firstly, while no one denies that the Earth's climate changes, this is because, unlike the Moon, this is a dynamic planet, where volcanic activity, continental drift and changes in ocean currents, when added to vagaries in the planet's orbit, and the output of the Sun, inevitably mean that we cannot expect a situation where climate remains static. Secondly, and much more controversial, is his claim that changes are anthropological in nature, as our activities are minimal compared to the flucuations arising from the aforementioned factors. He states that such changes are dangerous, yet we need not fear for the planet, as, barring any unlikely event such as a rogue neutron star wandering into the Solar System, the Earth should be around for at least four billion years, before the Sun expands into a red giant.
Perhaps his most risible believe is that experts are in agreement, as, apart from the fact that many reputable scientists do not accept the basic premises of the environmentalists, we have seen during the Covid emergency that, over time, experts often can't agree with themselves, let alone with each other, as various straw men are raised, only to be knocked down later.
In reality increases in CO2 will not cause a climate emergency as its level is lower than it has been in the last half a million years, and it has almost reached the limit beyond which it cannot absorb more than tiny amounts of radiant heat. Indeed it is a life-giving gas, which is essential for plant growth.
Unfortunately what we are seeing now are those who wish to order others about, having lost their beloved EU, with its undemocratic diktats from Brussels, have found a cause which restores their opportunities to override democratic states because of a supposed looming catastrophe. In this they have allies in those who would see us locked in our homes because of what is a rapidly diminishing threat from coronavirus.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 3rd December 2021
Every time the British government is not able to merely dictate whatever they wish to foreign governments Europhiles such as Richard Landolt claim that this proves that we have not taken back control, as those of us supporting the Leave campaign promised.
Of course they are being deliberately disingenuous, as they know only too well that what we meant was that the democratic control of our destiny would be returned to our elected representatives, and removed from a group of appointed apparatchiks in Brussels. This is was has been done and our fate as a nation is now back until the control of the British people.
Mr Landholt's comments about Brexit causing additional costs are also incorrect, as it is the spiteful reaction of the EU elite which has caused most of these totally unnecessary problems. Even if it were true, which it is not, Europhiles will never understand that there are things more important than money. If we did not believe this we would not have expended most of our financial resources last century defending freedom against continental tyranny, but would rather have stood aside, while hoarding our resources like some latter day Scrooge.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 19th November 2021
A combination of Covid, and the relentless rise of the internet, is undermining any concept of after sales service and support. When seeking the latter concerning even recently purchased goods I have encountered companies whose websites only offer email or postal addresses, with no telephone number being provided. Among those that do supply the latter most constantly refer the customer back to the website, or present a succession of options to select, sometimes none of which allow one to speak to an actual human being.
Even though the incidence of Covid is now very much reduced we are greeted with statements that the company concerned is experiencing an unprecedented level of calls, while many still rely on staff who are working from home, and do not have access to what is required to deal with problems.
The lack of high street stores where one can view and buy goods has also led to the lack of anywhere one can go to seek help with those previously purchased, and gives the lie to the constant claims that we are a service economy
Kent Messenger - 18th November 2021
That an Oxford college has accepted donations from the family of a notorious fascist exposes once and for all the utter hypocrisy of the 'woke', who are causing so much havoc in our society.
While attempting to blacken the name of many historical figures because of supposed, and frequently incorrect, assumptions about their attitudes to slavery and colonialism, these fanatics, among whom are numbered many academics and administrators at our supposed temples of learning, the most ancient, and bloody prejudice of all, anti Semitism, is ignored.
In common with the rest of the militant Left, and in the face of the horrors of the Holocaust, these virtue signalling extremists refuse to recognize the Jewish people as victims because, consciously, or unconsciously, they perceive the latter to be white, and therefore not qualified for victim status.
Despite the many conflicts around the world, and the persecution of those such as the Uyghurs in China, the woke reserve their hatred for the state of Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, while crying crocodile tears about the Palestinians, who to them are just a convenient stick with which to beat the Jewish state.
This selective attitude also extends to other minorities enduring attack, such as the Christians throughout the Middle East, whose plight is ignored by those who think of them as Westerners.
We must stop shrugging our shoulders about these activists, or just laugh them off as pathetic know nothings, as they are truly evil, and are undermining free Western societies as much as the Communists ever did
Kent Messenger - 11th November 2021
The responses to my comments on the questionable reality of anthropological global warming imply that a direct correlation between such and industrialisation exists, and that it is not open to debate. Quite apart from the fact that the climate alarmists have been shown to be basing much of their case upon things such as the famous discredited graph purporting to show an uninterrupted rise in temperature, they also ignore the publicised attempts by certain academics to conceal the fact that the actuality did not coincide with their claims.
However, there can be no harm, and much to gain, if the direction of travel is towards a greener, and more sustainable world, but the problem lies in the ridiculous haste the activists insist upon, not being prepared to allow technological advances to make changes possible, without totally disrupting our societies.
It is unfortunate that we now have a toxic combination of those who have always been of an apocalyptic frame of mind, together with that section of the chattering classes who hate their own county, plus the vociferous ignoramuses of social media, creating a perfect storm of hatred directed at the West, while absolving others, such as China, from taking any blame.
The industrial revolution is now being pictured as a bad thing, when in fact it eventually made possible the replacement of a life described in 1651 by Thomas Hobbes as being "nasty, brutish, and short", by one which has seen living standards, longevity and health improved out of all recognition. I doubt that the youngsters now shouting about the supposed evil let loose on the world by Britain would be happy to be living the life of a mediaeval peasant.
Contrary to the claim by Dr Kolmel that to question a supposed consensus is ranting, it is essential that any initiatives which have the potential to comprise our way of life should be subject to informed debate, not based upon the views of Scandinavian teenagers and Twitter bullies.
Kent Messenger - 4th November 2021
When speaking of the oppressed proletariat in 1984 Orwell says "But the proles, if only they could somehow become conscious of their own strength, would have no need to conspire. They needed only to rise up and shake themselves like a horse shaking off flies. If they chose they could blow the Party to pieces tomorrow morning. Surely sooner or later it must occur to them to do it? And yet-!". Today the ordinary, decent, normal people both of this country and the USA, are in the same position relating to the lunatics of woke.
These arrogant, humourless authoritarians aim to corrupt our language, distort our history, and our culture, while brainwashing youngsters into believing that this country is somehow uniquely guilty of all the wrongs in the world. They have been responsible for undermining our universities to the point where undergraduates are unwilling to tolerate the kind of democratic debate which is the raison d'etre of education, of causing good people to lose their jobs because of speaking their mind in a manner which offends them, and even, via social media, of creating an atmosphere where some are put in fear of their lives. They believe themselves to be beyond criticism, as they claim to be acting from highly virtuous motives, yet possess very little actual knowledge of facts, preferring bombastic assertions and personal invective to reasoned discussion.
They must be opposed wherever they are encountered. People must say that they will not be cowed into silence, or forced to accept that the language they speak, the books they read, or even the thoughts they have, will be conformed to the wishes of these cretins. If these self appointed Thought Police are allowed to prevail we will live in a nightmare, where freedom of speech, and of thought, no longer exist.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 29th October 2021
As we brace ourselves to endure another bout of virtue signalling at the Glasgow COP26 summit perhaps the green fanatics would do us the honour of answering a few simple questions, without the use of bombastic assertions, or personal invective.
How do they explain that scientists, many of whom the environmentalists are so fond of quoting when it suits them, tell us that the geological record shows that carbon dioxide levels in the distant past were as much as ten times today's levels, at the same time as intense glaciation. Why is it that there was global warming comparable to today, both at the time the Roman Empire was at its height, and again in mediaeval times, well before industrialisation? Most fundamentally why should be wear sackcloth and ashes, giving up affordable cars, and gas boilers, when the UK only emits one per cent of the carbon dioxide added to the atmosphere each year, and the main polluters have made clear that they have no real intention to abide by any agreements?
The arrogance of those blocking our roads, imposing ridiculous limits on the use of cars, and constantly harassing us about our supposed environmental sins, is overwhelming, and should be resisted by ordinary people trying to go about their own business.
Kent Messenger - 28th October 2021
The somewhat authoritarian tone displayed in the letter from Lesley Flint, combined with the constant pressure being applied by environmental activists, should awaken the public to the manner in which both our democracy, and our standard of living, are under threat from those whose fanatical attachment to dubious claims about anthropological global warming is driving the political agenda.
Without boring readers with too much detail the climate of the Earth has always varied, extensively on a geographical timescale, and considerably on an historical one. In all the propaganda from climate change obsessives how often do we hear about the medieval warming period from 950 AD to 1250 AD, when average global mean temperatures have been calculated to be similar to the early-mid-20th-century warming. Possible causes included increased solar activity, decreased volcanic activity, and changes in ocean circulation. Nothing to do with Man's activities! This period was then followed by global cooling from about 1300 to 1850, and it should also be noted that we are actually living in an interglacial of an Ice Age.
That we should lose affordable cars, and gas central heating, to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, which may very well have little to do with climate change, while at the same time nations such as China intend to build hundreds more coal fired stations is insane. When we add to that the manner in which green activists block our roads, and seek to undermine democratic governance if they fail to get their way, it is clear that it is time that a halt was called to the appeasement of these extremists. Government policy must be fundamentally changed if we are not to make unnecessary sacrifices to no purpose.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 22nd October 2021
I am afraid that Tony Sykes either lacks historical knowledge, or has a very bad memory, if he thinks that his political views reflect those of the genuine, as opposed to politically correct, Left. He constantly implies that Brexit was intended to benefit the better off, yet for much of the twentieth century the Labour party was opposed to involvement in the European project. When that euro fanatic Edward Heath asked Prime Minister Clement Attlee to take steps to join the European Coal and Steel Community, the precursor to the EU, Attlee refused, saying that he was not prepared to hand over Britain's most vital economic forces to an utterly undemocratic authority. In taking this principled stance Attlee was enthusiastically supported by his successor as Leader of the Labour Party, Hugh Gaitskill, and the policy was later endorsed by Tony Benn and Michael Foot.
Attlee was a true patriot, wounded in the First World War, and a true democrat, who believed in the primacy of Parliament, and would never have handed the effective governance of the country to an unelected bureaucracy in Brussels. Many now criticise his nationalisation policies, but forget that at the time private owners had been exploiting working people for generations. He was faced with a country which, despite winning the war, was on its knees economically, yet he set up the NHS, implemented selective education through the Education Act, and authorised the development of our independent nuclear deterrent.
The EU is beloved by elites because it undermines democracy, and prevents the people from determining their own future, forcing them to take a knee to their supposed betters. Supranational organisations are inherently undemocratic, and we escaped from rule by unelected bureaucrats in the nick of time.
Kent Messenger - 21st October 2021
I have no doubt that, even in their dotage, Remainers such as Stuart Love will still be mumbling about Brexit, although by then the EU will have been consigned to what Trotsky referred to in 1917 as the dustbin of history.
The crisis concerning HGV drivers has been long in the making, predating Brexit by decades, and afflicts mainland Europe, the USA and China as well as the UK. The failures of energy policy also have deep roots, but the blame can be shared equally by fanatical environmentalists, and incompetent politicians, the latter having allowed nuclear power, fracking and storage capacity for gas to have been criminally neglected.
The Northern Ireland border is the product of EU intransigence, and the latter's determination to punish the UK for daring to defy Brussels, while the problems with fishing stem from French refusal to compromise on virtually everything. Despite the insistence of Remainers' claim that the promise of more money for the NHS was untrue the fact is that even more funds have been poured into this bottomless pit since Brexit.
Mr Dove might like to note that the provision of lorry parks is indeed one of the solutions to the HGV crisis, but of course his final comment about taking back control is the crux of the whole debate. The EU is beloved by elites because it undermines democracy, and prevents the people from determining their own future, forcing them to take a knee to their supposed betters. Supranational organisations are inherently undemocratic, and we escaped from rule by unelected bureaucrats in the nick of time.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 15th October 2021
Those who have little knowledge of American political history will be unaware that, while their main parties are now polarised between the Democrats on the left, and the Republicans on the right, for decades after the civil war their relative positions were the opposite. Indeed the fact that the Republicans under Lincoln freed the slaves meant that the Democrats of the old Confederate states were far to the right of the political spectrum.
We seem to have a reversal of positions in the UK for when I was a youngster there was never any doubt that the Conservatives were the party of business and the well off, while the Labour party spoke for the workers and the poor, but now this seems to have radically changed. The government is attempting to increase the standard of living for ordinary people by using the opportunity afforded by Brexit to put an end to the manner in which businesses use the importation of cheap labour to undercut pay, and to avoid the effort of training indigenous workers, but the Labour party's knee jerk support for rule by Brussels leads them to oppose such policies. In addition the Labour leader, desperate to cobble together a coalition of ethnic and sexual minorities, apparently attaching more importance to denying biological facts than to speaking for what was his party's core constituency.
The extreme left seems to have totally lost its grip on reality, as is highlighted by one commentator who says "Imagine if someone had told you back in the 1980s that in the future the Tories would proudly host a pro-homosexual movement at their annual conference, and that the Left would be screaming in fury from the sidelines and demanding that these hateful, dangerous homosexuals be silenced." Even in the left wing Observer newspaper a columnist asks why the progressive left isn't fighting for the rights of employees who've been sacked for saying things their employers disapprove of outside office hours saying "The bossy left has become the bosses' left."
The Labour party forgets at its peril that the vast majority of its potential voters do not belong to the minorities it is courting, and even those who do are often opposed to the rise of cancel culture, with its consequent suppression of free speech.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 8th October 2021
If commentators were to listen to HGV drivers they would understand why truckers have been leaving the profession, with few joining, and why overseas drivers will not be attracted to the UK merely by three month visas, and inadequate pay rises, as they are frequently treated as a nuisance to be moved on, ignored and disparaged, their wages failing to reflect their true value.
We do not need large number of surplus graduates generated by the ridiculous policy of sending so many to university, for whom we have created a vast number of useless jobs, such as diversity consultants, HR managers or armies of NHS directors, but we do require truckers, electricians, plumbers etc., yet the former are vastly overpaid, while the latter, being regarded as just working class, are not. The truly useful professions should be valued, but, as usual, the class system in this country prevents the necessary rebalancing away from middle class concerns. Greedy and lazy employers, with a short term mindset, have for too long relied on importing foreign workers, rather than training indigenous staff, and paying them properly, and are now squealing because that easy avenue to maximise profits has been blocked, thanks to our taking back control of our economy, and our borders, from Brussels.
To provide proper compensation, and good working conditions, for such jobs, would mean that costs will rise, but as anyone who has studied basic economics knows, in a free market economy, if the supply of something does not meet demand the cost of the former must rise to meet the latter, and this applies to labour as much as to goods. The current crisis may force the country to face up to the fact that, thanks to decades of political incompetence, and entrenched attitudes to employment, the economy must now be rebalanced in favour of real workers, and away from the type of employment favoured by the chattering classes.
Unfortunately the main parties seem more concerned with absurd theories on climate, while the Labour party in particular now only cares about sexual and ethnic minorities, not the working class which it once represented.
Kent Messenger - 7th October 2021
There is no mystery as to why we are experiencing an HGV crisis. If commentators were to listen to the workers themselves they would learn that there are very good reasons why truckers have been leaving the profession. One, who has since resigned, says that on the Continent parking places, rest areas, and adequate food outlets are provided, whereas in this country, and particularly in Kent for some reason, truckers are treated as a nuisance to be moved on, ignored and disparaged. They will not be attracted to the UK merely by three month visas, and inadequate pay rises.
Obviously to provide proper compensation, and good working conditions, for a difficult, and often dangerous job, would mean that costs will rise, but as anyone who has studied basic economics knows, in a free market economy, if the supply of something does not meet demand the cost of the former must rise to meet the latter, and this applies to labour as much as to goods.
Unfortunately, thanks to the need to provide employment for the large number of surplus graduates generated by the ridiculous policy of sending so many to university, the country has created a vast number of useless jobs, and then overpaid those recruited. We do not need diversity consultants, HR managers or armies of NHS directors, but we do need truckers, electricians, plumbers etc., yet the former are paid large salaries, while the latter, being regarded as just working class, are not. We need to follow the example of nations such as Switzerland, where useful professions are valued, but as usual, the class system in this country prevents the necessary rebalancing away from middle class concerns.
Perhaps the current crisis will force us to face up to the manner in which this is undermining our economy, thanks to decades of political incompetence, and entrenched attitudes to employment. However the main parties seem more concerned with absurd theories on climate, while the Labour party in particular now only cares about sexual and ethnic minorities, not the working class which it once represented.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 1st October 2021
The growing energy crisis is merely the beginning of the disaster we face, thanks to our political elite having accepted without question the specious arguments of the environmental lobby, and its appeasement of the extremists who seek to disrupt our society.
One would have thought that the contrary, and frequently incorrect assertions made by so called scientific experts concerning the Coronavirus epidemic would have made clear that to 'rely on the science' means little when the science is itself questionable, but this is the mantra of those convinced that, in order to 'save the planet', we must sacrifice our way of life. A few years ago the scientific consensus was that we should fear the end of the current interglacial, but now the most vociferous claim that the opposite is true.
While it is sensible that incremental steps be taken to replace finite resources these should not be undertaken at a precipitate rate, endangering our energy supplies, and undermining our economy, particularly when the contribution of this country to CO2 emissions represents less than one per cent of the global total.
To reduce our gas storage capacity to an absolute minimum, to rely on the wind, which doesn't always blow, and to make cars, and warm homes, too expensive for the working class, in order to appease the green obsessed chattering classes, are policies which will result in misery for millions in pursuit of a chimera. If the Conservatives wish to be reelected they should abandon this fixation on a dubious theory, and cease to listen to the green fanatics. The latter should transfer their attentions to the Chinese embassy, not the M25.
Kent Messenger - 30th September 2021
Marilyn Sansom asks if nuclear weapons would have protected us from 9/11, and of course they would not, but that is not why we have them. We hold them for the same reason that prudent people have house and car insurance. We hope that we will never have to actually use them, but possession ensures that hostile nuclear armed nations will be deterred from using them on us, either to destroy us, or to blackmail us into acceding to their demands.
Does Ms Sansom doubt that, had Hitler or Stalin had sole ownership of such weapons they would not have used them instantly to achieve their vile ends? As a woman she should reflect that, if the West were to renounce them, it would then be possible for a fanatical Islamic regime which did hold them to demand that we submit to Sharia law, mutilating criminals, stoning homosexuals, and reducing women to third class citizens, on pain of seeing our cities destroyed one by one unless we submitted.
If it was even achievable to remove them from the world it would only have the effect of ensuring that large scale conventional warfare would return, the overwhelming advantage going to the vast armies of China and Russia. If we are to remain free we need to deter enemies from even contemplating attacking us, and nuclear weapons are the only way in which to do that. To answer Ms Sansom's other question they clearly represent value for money.
Kent Messenger - 23rd September 2021
This country will slide into anarchy if those charged with defending us against criminals become instead their accomplices.
It is no surprise that the self righteous green activists blocking motor ways should behave recklessly, but to see the police acting in their defence, and even preventing frustrated motorists from taking action, is a disgrace.
In their organisation these people number, inter alia, a convicted dealer in heroin, and a holocaust denier, but incredibly they seem to believe that they are morally superior to the decent people to whom they are causing such problems.
That the police actually escorted some of these imbeciles onto the road, and did nothing to remove them for a lengthy period would be unbelievable, were it not for the previous behaviour of other officers taking the knee in sympathy with anti semitic Black Lives Matter demonstrators, and refusing to actively confront the troublemakers of Extinction Rebellion.
The authorities must cease to indulge these arrogant agitators, because if they do not, and law abiding people cannot rely upon the police to enforce the law, we shall see a descent into vigilantism as providing the only means of defending honest citizens from such parasites.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 10th September 2021
Remainers such as Tony Sykes are like a dog with an old bone, refusing to let go of it even when there is nothing further to be derived from its existence. For them every problem must be traced back to Brexit, apparently unaware that the world has been fighting against a viral plague.
Mr Sykes appears to think that the EU would have changed its stance on Afghanistan had we remained, which is totally risible, given that none of its members is prepared to commit to spending what is necessary to present a realistic stance on defence. Now that the US has begun to retreat it is obvious that the policy of relying on the American nuclear umbrella is no longer viable, and that a change is necessary if they are not to face great danger.
On the home front Mr Sykes raises the matter of the shortage of HGV drivers, as if this was a purely British difficulty, resulting from Brexit, when in fact the EU is some 400,000 drivers short of requirements. This is a predicament which has been long gestating, and is due to long standing problems of low pay, poor working conditions and an ageing labour force. Factors such as new tax rules, and of course Covid travel restrictions, have exacerbated matters.
Mr Sykes seems to be on a crusade to blame Boris personally for the problems we face, his constant insults adding nothing to his case, beyond revealing an almost irrational animus against the Prime Minister.
Kent Messenger - 9th September 2021
Bill Ridley raises the tired old complaint that the winning party at the general election did not achieve an absolute majority of votes, although, as has been pointed out time and time again, in a democracy with more than two parties normally gaining significant support, it is all but impossible for any one party to get more than fifty per cent of the vote. Indeed I believe that, since the war, only Labour under Clement Attlee achieved this figure.
If one wished to change our electoral system it is not through proportional representation, which always leads to the smaller parties actually controlling the policies, and transfers the decision about who is to run the country from the people to party fixers, while generating weak governments, but through the system used in Switzerland.
We have visited that beautiful country every year for over twenty years, until stopped by the pandemic, and have many Swiss friends. Their system of referenda, by which major strategic decisions are taken, ensures that it is really the will of the people which is honoured, not the wishes of the political class. We could implement a similar concept here, in which, if sufficiently large enough support, a figure as agreed in the constitution, is gained for a proposition, the matter then goes to a binding referendum. In Switzerland that method has prevented self interested Swiss politicians from joining the EU over the wishes of the voters.
I suspect that those who constantly characterise our first past the post system as undemocratic would baulk at the thought of allowing regular referenda in the UK, as they are aware that the innate good sense of the British people would ensure that the agendas of obsessive minorities would get short shrift.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 3rd September 2021
In 1939 Leo Amery utered his famous admonition "Speak for England" during the critical Commons debate on the German invasion of Poland and we in Tonbridge should applaud our MP, Tom Tugendhat, for his similarly powerful speech on the debacle in Afghanistan.
The absurd obsession of the American political class with gender and cultural wars, to the exclusion of issues of real import, has led to probably the worst administration since the disastrous days of Herbert Hoover, with both the Presidency and Congress dominated by those who are consumed with the desire to argue about the inconsequential, while ignoring the truly significant. Not only has this already led to the betrayal of the people of Afghanistan, especially the women, but it has cast into doubt the future of the American place in the world, and to the future of NATO.
I am disgusted by the manner in which Western governments have scuttled out of Afghanistan, leaving the people to their fate. The inevitable result will be a resurgence of terrorist activity around the world, while the decent people of Afghanistan will once again be subjected to a mediaeval regime of bigots. It will embolden China, Iran and Russia, and make the world a more dangerous place for democracy. I dread to think of how of our troops those maimed in the conflict must now feel, while the loved ones of those killed must believe that they died in vain.
For us the lesson must be that, as America apparently reverts to inter war isolationism, we must look to our defences. Obviously we are no longer the paramount military power in the world, as we were for over a century, but we are nevertheless, along with France, the only European nation which could, in the absence of American forces, resist an onslaught from the East. We must ensure that we are like a nest of hornets, sufficiently strong to make attacking us not worthwhile. This will entail immense cost, but, if American involvement in Western defences is to be curtailed, then it will be the only way to preserve our liberties.
I tremble for the future of those nations, such as Israel and Taiwan, for whom the retreat of the US to Fortress America will spell doom.
Kent Messenger - 2nd September 2021
In the past few days those of us attempting to go about our business in London have been seriously inconvenienced by the activities of Extinction Rebellion leading to blocked streets.
However at the same time we learn that one of the founders of this organisation, when taxed with why she drives a diesel car, said that she couldn't afford an electric car, but that she needed to take her children to sports fixtures. At the same time one of the volunteers said that he could not afford solar panels, as the average cost was six thousand pounds.
Are these people so steeped in their self righteous, holier-than-thou mindset that they cannot understand that it is precisely because ordinary people cannot afford to be deprived of their cars, or gas boilers, that they oppose the demands of these extremists? They are either not very bright, or blatant hypocrites, when they demand that we should sacrifice our standard of living at a time when China is intending to build hundreds of new coal fired power stations, their emissions already dwarfing ours.
It is time that our politicians, and police, stopped treating these people with kid gloves, and prevented their adolescent posturing disrupting the lives of ordinary people.
Kent Messenger - 26th August 2021
Our local MP Tom Tugendhat deserves praise for his courage in putting forward the moral case concerning Afghanistan, whatever the political cost to himself may be. This is in addition to the manner in which, as Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee he has defied the totalitarians of China.
I am disgusted by the manner in which Western governments have scuttled out of Afghanistan, leaving the people, in particular the women, to their fate. The inevitable result will be a resurgence of terrorist activity around the world, while the decent people of Afghanistan will once again be subjected to a mediaeval regime of bigots. It will embolden China, Iran and Russia, and make the world a more dangerous place for democracy. I dread to think of how of our troops those maimed in the conflict must now feel, while the loved ones of those killed must believe that they died in vain.
It is a tragedy that the American political class continues to obsess over nonsensical gender and culture wars, while all around them the house is burning down, and must now call into question how much we can rely upon NATO, as America apparently reverts to inter war isolationism. Obviously we are no longer the paramount military power in the world, as we were for over a century, but we are nevertheless, along with France, the only European nation which could, in the absence of American forces, resist an onslaught from the East.
We must ensure that we are like a nest of hornets, sufficiently strong to make attacking us not worthwhile. To do this we need to massively increase the size of the Army, and the RAF, while building a great many more Naval warships, including a large number of smaller frigates to guard our coasts, not least from the tide of illegal immigration, undoubtedly including covert terrorists, crossing the Channel. In addition our military hardware should be built in the UK, necessitating reopening shipyards, and steelworks, while the insane policy of selling our most vital armament manufacturers to foreign owners must be stopped, and reversed. Importantly we must have a larger nuclear deterrent, which is fully independent of American control. All this would involve great expense, but that is the price of liberty.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 20th August 2021
The pandemic is no one's fault, at least no one in this country, yet the effects have been devastating in many areas, particularly in the field of education. The youngsters have endured an unprecedented interruption to their schooling, while teachers have been placed in an impossible position.
However it is pointless to join the Red Queen in Alice in believing six impossible things before breakfast, so the rapture with which the large increase in numbers of top grades has been greeted is foolish. A comparison between the last two years, when teacher assessments were the determining factor, and those of any year previously, makes clear that there has been a massive upgrading of results, which, given that so many children were out of school for long periods, is logically implausible. The inevitable outcome will be that in future years these results will carry less weight with potential employers. It is understandable that teachers wish the best for their pupils, but it is also true that they are in fact now marking their own homework, as a record for producing large numbers of top grades will hardly harm their CVs. After all most of us would not be happy if the quality control on new cars was carried out by those who assembled them.
What is clear is that when the teachers' unions, and the Labour Party, complain about the gap in attainment between private and state schools it is the height of hypocrisy. It was they, supported by politicians of the left of the Conservative party, who consistently undermined the system bestowed to us by the genuine social radicals of the post war years, closing grammar schools which provided a comparable education to that available at fee paying establishments. It was arrogant elitists such as Richard Crossman, and Shirley Williams, with their supposed egalitarianism, who ensured that the ladder of excellence which they had ascended was pulled up behind them, the comprehensive system failing both bright pupils, and those who would have benefited from a more vocational education at the technical colleges. Those on the Left who seek the culprits for the educational gap should look in the mirror.
Exams must be reinstated for next year if the whole education system is not to fall into complete disrepute.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 13th August 2021
Most people will not have heard of Clarence Harry Willcock, an unsung hero of British democracy. He was the last person in Britain to be prosecuted for refusing to produce an identity card, and his case, which became a cause celebre, influenced Winston Churchill's decision to scrap ID cards.
In 1951, he was given an absolute discharge, and in the judgment, Lord Chief Justice Goddard said the 1939 Act was "never passed for the purposes for which it is now apparently being used" and that using the law in this way "tends to turn law-abiding subjects into lawbreakers as such action tends to make the people resentful of the acts of the police." What this proves is emergency measures tend to extend in duration and purpose, usually to the disadvantage of citizens. In the wake of 9/11, Prime Minister Tony Blair told us we couldn't possibly fight terrorism without them, but Boris Johnson vociferously opposed the idea, noting the inevitability of mission creep, saying in 2004 that if he was asked to show his ID, he would physically eat it.
We fought the Second World War partly so that, unlike much of the world, our citizens would not be confronted with the demand "Papers", while going about their lives. We can be sure that those given a little authority, would take a delight in harassing ordinary people, backed by the force of the law. Those who do not possess smartphones, or a mastery of computer technology, would also find themselves second class citizens, regarded with suspicion, and even sanctioned, for not showing the proofs demanded by petty officials.
If the authoritarian instincts of the bureaucrats are allowed to prevail we risk all those liberties for which so many died, as we can be sure that the presumption of innocence would be undermined. Respect for the police would diminish, as the British would not take kindly to being forced to produce proof of their identity, while those workers charged with checking such proofs would be placed in an invidious position.
Boris must wake up, and reject all proposals which would lead to this slippery slope to an authoritarian regime in Britain. Modern technology would ensure that, once the principle of such items as vaccine passports were accepted, they would swiftly evolve into a national ID system. Mr Willcock's fight against the paper ID cards would have been in vain, as Orwell's Big Brother state's use of IT would make them appear benign in comparison.
Kent Messenger - 12th August 2021
Unsurprisingly, in his response to my letter, Ray Duff fails to understand the point I was making about all the dire warnings with which we are constantly assailed.
The supposed threats facing us, rather than being unbiased assessments of reality, are calculated to gain support for the policies of the liberal left. Prognostications of doom from extreme environmentalists always involve us giving up our affordable cars, and heated homes, those from the social warriors about supposed racism insist that the white population should admit to offences of which the vast majority are innocent, while attacks on the use of so called inappropriate language are in fact attempts to limit free speech and stifle debate.
It may be that within the left wing bubble inhabited by Mr Duff the government has been called morally bankrupt and incompetent, but it must have escaped his notice that it is in power because a majority of voters wished it to be so, and that opinion polls show strong support for its policies.
Perhaps he might like to ask the ordinary people of Dover whether they are quite so enthusiastic as he appears to be for illegal immigration across the Channel by largely economic migrants to continue, while his claim that variations in climate is irrefutably linked to human activity is no more than an assertion, particularly as many scientists accept that one cannot draw such a conclusion from single events.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 30th July 2021
In response to the continual unpleasant attacks on Boris Johnson by Tony Sykes I am sure that no one faced with the coronavirus emergency would have been able to find the perfect course to follow, and that most would have done far worse. Indeed one only has to contemplate what would have happened if Corbyn, and the far left had won the last general election.
However many of those of us who are grateful to Boris for his support during the Brexit imbroglio are concerned that, despite having the backing of excellent ministers such as Dominic Raab, he seems to be allowing himself to be dragged towards the policies of the liberal left on a number of issues. This may be because of his near death experience, or perhaps his desire not to be confrontational, but he must reassess his position before he undermines his position with his natural constituency.
His constant description of the EU nations as our friends and partners is clearly unjustified, given their attitude on vaccine supplies, Northern Ireland and the flow of illegal migrants arriving across the channel. The first of this seems settled, but we must now stand up to the Brussels bullies on the latter issues. He is also not opposing the cancel culture strongly enough as its advocates seek to undermine our society, supposedly in the name of diversity, while his surrender to the environmental lobby threatens not merely our access to affordable cars, but even to our ability to heat our own homes.
I regret very much that Boris seems to have lost his way, and hope that he will return to being the spokesman for the majority which he once was. If not then perhaps he should make way for a firmer leader such as Priti Patel.
Kent Messenger - 22nd July 2021
I cannot be alone in being weary of the relentless negativity dominating what passes for public discourse these days. We are constantly being warned, or told we have to face up to, a wide variety of possible scenarios which threaten disaster. When did we last hear a so called think tank, pressure group, or professional organisation offer an optimistic view of the future.
The year I was born the country nearly ran out of energy, rationing was worsening, and the NHS did not exist, while, in the decades that followed, we came close to nuclear war, while social disorders came and went. However I do not recall such a constant pall of pessimism as that we now face, over every little thing from our use of cars to the food we eat. Yes, we need to be concerned about some issues such as neglect of the defence of the realm, but we do not need harassing about almost everything.
When Keynes became exasperated about the constant questioning of the long term effects of his proposals he said 'in the long run we're all dead', a good answer to those who nag us constantly about what might be, rather than what is. These dystopian views of the future would be enough to dispirit anyone, let alone those prone to depression, so perhaps we should all try to cheer up, as it might never happen.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 16th July 2021
While the vaccination programme seems to offer an end to the pandemic this nightmare period leaves a legacy in the horrifying realisation that, even from the best of intentions, we have travelled far down the road to becoming a surveillance society.
Whereas previously one could live freely, without let or hinderance, we have been faced with registering our movements whenever we use shops, restaurants and places of entertainment, such as cinemas. Even worse is the treatment meted out to those who either through permitted foreign travel, or as a response to the dreaded ping of Test and Trace, have been subjected to harassment in their own homes. Friends, both double jabbed weeks ago, were nevertheless obliged to remain at home for a week, and, in addition to daily telephone calls checking their presence, were visited by an inspector who demanded to see their driving licences to prove that they were telling the truth about their identities. How dare these reincarnations of the worse sort of the petty officious tyrants we remember from ARP wardens in the war treat innocent citizens as liars, unless proved otherwise?
The restrictions were imposed with good intentions, and hopefully will soon come to an end, but this interruption to normality is a warning as to how easily our freedoms could be lost, not next time for benign reasons, but for the good of the party in power.
Kent Messenger - 15th July 2021
The comments by John Helm concerning the Crimea are reminiscent of those by Chamberlain in 1938 concerning Czechoslovakia, when he said "How horrible, fantastic, incredible it is that we should be digging trenches and trying on gas masks here because of a quarrel in a far-away country between people of whom we know nothing.".
It is always possible to bury one's head in the sand, and ignore everything that does not immediately impinge upon our security, but as Churchill said "An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile hoping it will eat him last.". Surely the lessons of the 1930 should have taught us that appeasement does not work.
Not only does the survival of the UK depend upon keeping the sea lanes open, but if we were to disinterest ourselves until enemy air or sea fleets directly threaten us it would be too late.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 11th June 2021
I am aware that many people will express their disagreement with my opinions, as is their absolute right in a democracy, but I was amazed at the apparent lack of basic knowledge displayed by Susie Rotberg in her attack upon my recent comments. She questions my assertion that no decent German would, in the 1930s, have felt proud of their country. Has is entirely escaped her notice that, in that period, Germany was persecuting their Jewish citizens, while laying the groundwork for both the Holocaust, and the launching of the Second World War. No German who believed in their country at that point could be described as decent.
She also seems to believe that pointing out a potential danger indicates that one is guilty of being frightened, rather than doing their duty by alerting others to what is happening. When Churchill warned about Nazi Germany, or Orwell later exposed the threat from Stalin, and our own intelligentsia, were those men just timid types, who should have said nothing, or rather men who deserved praise for refusing to bury their heads in the sand.
I see no relevance as to whether one lives in a gritty urban environment, or in what Ms Rotberg describes as leafy Kent, as the human soul can be as oppressed in the latter, as in the former. She asks who is forcing us to police our thoughts, and I can tell her that it is an ongoing and growing process, whereby many people are suffering the loss of reputation, employment, or even of liberty, for daring to stand against the tide of political correctness, indeed arrant nonsense, infesting our country. The persecution of academics, and students, at a number of universities, for daring to defy the fashionable dogmas is evidence enough of this.
Thankfully there is a fightback taking place against those who would distort our culture beyond recognition, and one can only hope that these hardcore extremists will eventually be defeated. However this will not happen unless people are prepared to stand up for the values of the sane majority.
Kent Messenger - 10th June 2021
In recent months we have seen climate change activists block roads, interfere with the journeys of rail commuters, attack commercial buildings, and even attempt to censor our daily newspapers. Ostensibly they do this in the name of a theory that the planet is undergoing a dangerous episode of warming, brought about by the emissions emanating from human activity. They claim that they are either 'drawing attention' to the problem, something hardly required, given that we have all been exposed to their views ad nauseam, or that they are taking direct action aimed at stopping those activities which they deem unacceptable. However it is noticeable that these gestures are all directed at Western enterprises.
It has just been announced that the number of coal-fired power stations granted approval globally has risen for the first time since 2015, with China making up two thirds of all plans for such plants, as the Chinese regime approved a 45pc increase on 2019 levels. In contrast the UK has largely phased out such power plants, in 2019 coal accounting for 2.8pc of total UK energy, including power generation and blast-furnaces for steel making.
It is not difficult to identify the reasons for Extinction Rebellion failing to, for instance, demonstrate outside the Chinese Embassy, or organise a boycott of Chinese goods. While many of their supporters are gullible idealists, who think that they are responding to a higher moral imperative, the driving force behind this organisation, just as it is behind other such protest groups such as Black Lives Matter, and Stop the War, is an ingrained hatred of Western civilisation, arising from the anarchistic and nihilistic philosophies which have always inspired such people.
I remember when, at a time when Labour was devoted to democratic socialism, it issued lists of proscribed undemocratic organisations, whose members sought to infiltrate the party in order to subvert its aims. I have no doubt that had groups such as Extinction Rebellion existed in those days, they would have been included in such lists.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 4th June 2021
Those who, having previously roundly condemned Dominic Cummings as the godfather of Brexit, now treat him as if he were Moses descending the mountain with the Ten Commandments, are not merely hypocrites, but are giving him too much credit for his contribution to the triumph of the Leave campaign. He was only four years old when I, and many others, were delivering leaflets advocating leaving the European project during the 1975 referendum, while he would have been at school when I was sitting on committees with the likes of Peter Shore, the great Labour figure, whose opposition to a federal Europe was heartfelt, and, as later proved, totally correct. I am sure that Boris, whose contribution to achieving Brexit dwarfs that of Cummings, would deny that, as Isaac Newton said 'if I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants'.
There is no doubt that Cummings was a significant member of the campaign to vote leave in 2016, but no more than that, and those of us who welcomed his efforts are under no obligation to accept that, if we reject his his strictures on the Covid emergency, we are in anyway being hypocritical, unlike those who now laud him, after having previously treated him as the devil incarnate.
It is easy to attack Boris with the benefit of hindsight, but I very much doubt that anyone could have dealt with the situation without mistakes being made. It is regrettable that Cummings has chosen the path of spiteful revenge for his dismissal, but I doubt many will be deceived by his claims.
Kent Messenger - 3rd June 2021
At the height of the Terror, during the French Revolution, anyone denounced anonymously as an enemy of the people went to the guillotine, without a trial, or any opportunity to defend themselves.
One would have thought that no intelligent person would regard this practice as anything but abhorrent yet we now learn that the authorities at Cambridge, which like to regard it as one of our best universities, are trying to instigate a system, similar in method, although with less violent sanctions, which seeks to create a means of anyone deemed, by unnamed accusers, to have offended against the principles of 'woke' to be condemned, and punished.
Unfortunately the dictatorial and biased mindset which can contemplate such an action pervades our entire university network, and indeed extends downwards to schools, as is evidenced by the spread of anti semitism throughout the education system, with children, having been subjected to left wing brainwashing, taking part anti Israeli demonstrations. Many Jewish students at a number of different universities, are reporting anti semitic abuse, and worse, committed by those who are consumed by hatred for Jews. One would have thought that, as undergraduates are supposed to be the most intelligent of their generation, such primeval prejudice would not arise in these so called temples of learning.
Did my parents, in order to defeat the Nazis, endure nearly six years of war, and lose their house to a German bomb in 1940, only for the evil philosophy which animated the Third Reich to be allowed to take hold in our country? This despicable development arises because of those such as one professor who accused his university's Jewish Society as being "pawns for a violent, racist, foreign regime engaged in ethnic cleansing". Clearly, for the extremists of 'woke', hate crimes do not exist if they emanate from their own supporters.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 28th May 2021
I see that Richard Landolt, one of the spokesmen for the dwindling rump of Remainers, accuses me of advocating 'England first', as if this was a bad thing. If I were French I would put France first, or if Scottish, Scotland first, it being the most natural thing in the world to support one's own nation, particularly when, as is the case with England, it is the finest in the world. Obviously were one to have been a decent German in the 1930s one would not have been proud of one's country, but we in England should have no qualms about expressing our patriotism. It is of course typical of those who take the knee to Brussels to despise their own nation, but such has always been the way with a particularly vociferous section of our society.
Those Mr Landholt describes as my old bogeymen are no less guilty for being regularly mentioned, as they are still there, doing their best to undermine our society. However I notice he leaves the BBC off the list, and once again this organisation is in the spotlight, as the independent inquiry by retired judge Lord Dyson found that interviewer Martin Bashir was deceitful, and faked documents to obtain his interview with Princess Diana, while the BBC's investigation led by Lord Hall into the initial complaints was woefully ineffective. Even our future King has spoken out to condemn this utter failure to uphold responsible journalism.
This so called national broadcaster long ago betrayed its duty to present an unbiased coverage of events, declaring that no further debate on climate change would be permitted, while acting as a propaganda outlet for the Remainers before, during, and after the Brexit referendum. Its arrogant supposed journalists believe that they can never be wrong, and the senior management's default position is denial, and an attempt to dismiss all complaints as unjustified.
It is time that the BBC was reformed root and branch, if it is to continue receiving one penny from the licence fee imposed on everyone with a radio or TV set.
Kent Messenger - 27th May 2021
China has oppressed the Tibetan people for generations, and now is repressing their Uighur minority, while in Burma that heroine of the liberals Aung Suu Kyi connived at the persecution of the Rohingya, and the military are now shooting protestors. However, apart from protests by their own nationals, no mass marches were held in the UK over these gross abuses of human rights.
However when Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, responds to attacks by barrages of rockets from a neighbouring territory, out come Rent-A-Mob, yelling about the persecution of Arab minorities, when in fact those living in Israel have more rights than of their fellows in nearby nations. Clearly, to the militant Left, all the ills of the world can be blamed on the West, in particular the USA, the UK and Israel, while those countries opposed to us are to be given a free pass.
In view of the despicable behaviour of those threatening Jewish people in London can anyone doubt that the driving force behind all this is the most ancient hatred of all, anti semitism, coupled with a belief that democratic, capitalist nations are always in the wrong.
Unfortunately this is all too predictable, much as it is clear from some of your correspondents that those who cannot answer points made, resort to attacking the person making them.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 21st May 2021
Recently I bought a new car which came with all the contemporary bells and whistles concerning safety. However it nags so badly that, had it been a wife in the middle ages, it would have been a candidate for the ducking stool. It is petulant to the point that unless I confirm every time I turn it on that I accept responsibility for driving it won't let me access the radio. I think I know that without being told, as I didn't think it was the cat.
I can turn off most of the inconsequential complaints, but unfortunately that is not the case when it comes to the barrage of whingeing daily afflicting us from the combination of busybodies, scaremongers and politically correct fanatics, many of whom would have been willing Stasi informants in the old days of the GDR.
I am tired of those of us who are heterosexual being treated as giving offence if saying that we find the opposite sex attractive, of those such as myself who regard Winston Churchill as the greatest ever Englishman, and regard our history with pride, as being some sort of closet supporter of slavery, of being condemned for the crime of being Caucasian, or of using the English language as we have known it for our whole lives as indicating some hidden antipathy towards others. This is not to say that I would ever be deliberately unkind, or rude, to anyone because of their race, sex etc. as such behaviour is not part of my makeup, or of that of the vast majority of ordinary people.
I am not going to forgo the simple pleasure of driving the family to the coast because of environmental obsessives, nor 'take the knee' to a Marxist organisation because of the deplorable behaviour of a foreign police force, however much these various activists may complain.
It is time we fought back against these extremists. On truism attributed to Churchill among others is that "a fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject", which describes so many of those bossing us about these days. When told that, in relation to some inoffensive remark, "you can't say that", we should respond "I can, and I will", while the demand that we police ourselves concerning our innermost thoughts should be dismissed with contempt. Finally leave the morons of social media to shout at each other, and lead our lives as adults, not the infantilised victims of arrogant know it all bigots.
Kent Messenger - 20th May 2021
Following last week's elections several friends are berating themselves for their failure to vote as, despite wishing to see an end to Sadiq Khan's time as London Mayor, they believed incorrectly that the result was a forgone conclusion. This raises the question of why on earth people continue to believe in opinion polls, when they have for so long often proved to be wildly inaccurate.
In the USA the most egregious example remains Gallop in 1948 predicting that Thomas Dewey would beat Harry Truman in the presidential race, while the 2016 election of Donald Trump proved once again that the polls were wrong.
Those old enough will recall that in this country the elections of the early 1970s, contested by Edward Heath and Harold Wilson, produced results completely contrary to the predictions made by polls, while the most glaring error was the poll that, on the morning of the 2016 referendum, stated that Remain would win by twenty per cent. Most also failed to anticipate the scale of the Conservative victory in 2019.
I have always voted for that in which I believe, disregarding the polls, even when, as was the case for so many years, those such as myself, who opposed UK membership of the EU were treated as some sort of lunatic fringe. The right to vote is precious, and should not be treated with contempt. Those who opposed Khan, yet failed to vote, must now endure more years of his reign. Perhaps in future they will treat opinion polls with the scorn they deserve, and realise that the only poll that counts is the one held at the ballot box.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 14th May 2021
Given the contemporary reality in the USA those who have never studied American politics may be surprised to know that at the time of the Civil War it was the Republicans who were the left wing party. In a similar way in the UK, the result of the Hartlepool by-election, indicates that we are moving in the direction of the Conservatives becoming the party of the working class, while Labour joins the other left wing parties in only speaking for the metropolitan liberal, pro EU elite. By doing so it is following a road which could result in its oblivion as a serious political force.
It is unsurprising that the massively Leave supporting working class electorate in Teesside, who have endured decades of neglect by London politicians, should reject a party that had the arrogance to choose a pro EU candidate, at a time when the Conservative government is actively taking steps to bring jobs and economic prosperity to the area.
The main risk to the Conservatives is that the education system, both in schools and universities, is dominated by the liberal left, with the result that youngsters are being brainwashed to support the policies of the latter, while the BBC can be relied upon to present a totally biased view, favouring such ideas. The current influence being exercised by the so called 'woke', including the extremist agenda of the environmentalists, also presents a danger to common-sense policies, although the fact that the Green candidate only gained just over one per cent of the vote in Hartlepool makes clear that ordinary people do not support the ridiculous demands made by these obsessives.
If the Conservative party holds its nerve, and does not revert to its old position of merely representing the well off, it can secure its place as the governing party for many years to come.
Kent Messenger - 13th May 2021
Terry Wright's description of myself as a Tory apologist shows his lack of understanding of political developments, as I am a lifelong trade unionist, and would better describe myself as a disappointed Attlee socialist. I have never been a member of the Conservative party, but see Boris as a Tory maverick, who is carrying out policies supportive of the ordinary people, not, as so often with Conservative governments, merely in the interests of the well off.
I support grammar schools, introduced by Attlee when he implemented the 1944 Education Act, while it was his government that first created the independent nuclear deterrent, something I believe necessary for our safety. After centuries of persecution, and in particular the Holocaust, I think it only right that the Jewish people should have their own state, itself established with Labour support under Attlee. It was also the latter, later followed by another great Labour figure Hugh Gaitskill, who rejected involvement with what later evolved into the European Union. These policies make clear that so much of what Mr Wright would no doubt describe as Tory, was in fact enacted, or at least endorsed by the most successful Labour government in history. It is the political spectrum that has changed, and not for the better.
I suspect that Mr Wright resents the fact that correspondents are permitted to express political opinions that do not accord with the wishes of the liberal consensus which has dominated debate for many years. This attitude pervades social media, which is one reason that I would not touch the latter with a bargepole.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 7th May 2021
Only the obsessives of the Westminster village believe that the average person is desperately concerned about the decoration of the Downing Street flat, which Boris does not own, and will eventually pass to new occupants, hopefully not for many years. However, at a time when we are still recovering from a pandemic we are witnessing a tidal wave of pious hypocrisy and synthetic anger over the modifications being made.
The metropolitan elite, and the Heathite wing of the Conservative party, have joined forces to attack Boris because they loathe him for having successfully implemented Brexit, and, knowing that they have no popular issue on which they can defeat him at the ballot box, are trying to oust him by other means. Unsurprisingly they are supported by the BBC, and the left wing media, plus the Electoral Commission, which I know from my time campaigning against EU membership is totally pro Remain. The higher ranks of the Civil Service still yearn for the days when they could join their fellow bureaucrats in Brussels in forwarding their own agendas, without effective interference from elected representatives. These latter also wish to undermine Priti Patel, the only Home Secretary in decades who shares the views of a majority of the people on such matters as the proper reaction to violent crime.
Boris succeeded in carrying out the policy for which the British people voted in 2016, while, contrary to the absurd allegation made by Tony Sykes, he has also presided over one of the most successful vaccination programmes in the world. He has also made great strides in fulfilling his pledge to offer hope to those parts of the country neglected for so long for, as one whose wife comes from Teesside, I am only too aware of how the working class in the North has been ignored by London for many years, but now steps are being taken to correct this situation.
I am aware that his private life would not meet with the approval of my priest, but the last time a non smoking, teetotal vegetarian was in power he led the Third Reich into launching the Second World War, which puts in proportion the human failings of which most of us are guilty at times. Far from his tenure being ended it is essential that Boris remains to complete the programme upon which he was enthusiastically elected at the last general election.
Kent Messenger - 6th May 2021
At a time when we are still attempting to recover from a pandemic we are being subjected to a tsunami of pious hypocrisy and synthetic anger over modifications to a Downing Street flat.
An unholy alliance of the metropolitan elite, and the Heathite wing of the Conservative party loathe Boris for having successfully implemented Brexit, and, knowing that they cannot defeat him at the ballot box, are trying to oust him by other means. In this they are supported by the BBC, and the left wing media, plus the pro Remain Electoral Commission, and the higher ranks of the Civil Service, who still yearn for the days when they could join their fellow bureaucrats in Brussels in forwarding their own agendas without effective interference from elected representatives.
Not only has Boris succeeded in carrying out the policy for which the British people voted in 2016, but he has also presided over one of the most successful vaccination programmes in the world, while making great strides in fulfilling his pledge to offer hope to those parts of the country neglected for so long. As one whose wife comes from Teesside I am only too aware of how the working class in the North East has been ignored by London for many years, but now steps are being taken to correct this situation.
Only the obsessives of the Westminster bubble believe that the average person is in anyway concerned about the decoration of a flat, which Boris does not own, and will eventually pass to new occupants, hopefully not for many years.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 30th April 2021
Those associated with the abortive Super League, who claim that such schemes are necessary to save football, are talking nonsense. Football is the quintessential working class game, being a part of the community in such areas, and engendering loyalty based on local pride, not international success. I have supported Charlton Athletic since the 1950s, and my wife has supported Middlesbrough for the same amount of time, while we both follow Tonbridge Angels, of which I am one of the many fans who are also part owners My father's generation would regularly watch the amateurs from the local factory teams, and the players, even in the main leagues, were usually drawn from the local area.
It is rather the obscene amounts of money provided by the TV companies which have undermined the ethos of the game, and it is gratifying that at least this particular idea has sunk without trace.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 23rd April 2021
Clearly your correspondents who supported Remain are determined to continue living in a fantasy world, where the EU is the promised land, and the UK the doomed dystopia, so it would be instructive to review the track record of the Europhiles. In the early 1990s they took us into the ERM, which, was a disaster, until White Wednesday saved us, while all those who tried to force us to join the Euro a few years later have been left with egg on their faces, as the hopes of the younger generation of the southern European member states for a prosperous future have been sacrificed on the altar of the single currency.
In the lead up to the referendum it was predicted that 500,000 jobs would be lost, but, until Covid hit, a million had been added to the number employed; George Osborne said that every household would lose 4,300 pounds per annum, but the reality is a gain of over 5,000 pounds; a punishment budget was forecast, which did not materialise; accountants PWC predicted 100,000 job losses in financial service, but so far it is less than 8,000. Finally David Cameron warned of World War Three, but here we still are.
Tony Sykes' claim that Brexit was won by lies is itself completely untrue, and when Steve Barrass says that the EU has moved on they certainly have, further into a disastrous economic morass, while we can enjoy, not suffer, the marvellous consequences of regaining our freedom from Brussels.
Kent Messenger - 22nd April 2021
Baroness Shirley William, who died recently, was a decent, kindly woman, who unfortunately typified the naive liberals who do so much unintended damage. On foreign policy she was an advocate of nuclear disarmament, ignoring both the fact that such weapons cannot be uninvented, and that their possession by the major powers has prevented a conventional conflict on the scale of the two word wars. On Europe she was in favour of transferring effective governance of the UK from elected representatives at Westminster to Brussels bureaucrats, an error that has now thankfully been corrected.
As far as domestic policies are concerned she, together with Richard Crossman, both of whom attended private, fee paying, educational establishments, was responsible for the attack upon grammar schools, the means by which working class children, including myself, were able to climb the ladder of educational achievement. The results of this policy are with us still, the gradual decline in standards being obvious, now cumulating in a university declaring that it was not necessary for undergraduates to know how to spell, or to use grammar correctly. Such pupils in my generation would not have gained sufficient A levels to win a place at any university.
Fortunately for youngsters in Kent the destruction of the grammar schools was not universal, so some can still benefit from their existence, and, for the sake of children across the country, it is time that the policy of preventing the creation of such schools was reversed.
Shirley Williams was a shining example of those who prove that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Kent Messenger - 15th April 2021
In his response to my comments Ralph Tebbutt ignores the main argument for constitutional monarchy, which is that the division of symbolic from executive power is a bulwark against an elected dictatorship. It is anyway absurd to believe that to replace the Queen with President Blair, or Boris, would of itself improve the lot of the economically disadvantaged. The continuity and stability afforded by our system must not be tossed lightly aside.
Although republicans have been around for many years they have now become, whether deliberately or not, part of the radical left movement which seeks to undermine our society from within. The areas where one can see the most malign influences are the politics of identity, particularly concerning sex, and race. The manner in which gender, and sexual orientation, have become battlegrounds is due to the desire of these same people to involve as many minorities as possible in a coalition which hates everything this country stands for, and seeks to subject the majority to their rule by corrupting our language, and by suppressing free speech. Their virtue signalling is sickening, as they are anything but virtuous.
The reaction to the recent report by the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities proves, if proof was needed, that those who have dominated debate on race in this country for many years are not driven by morality, but by left wing ideology. Although there are those who hate others merely because of the category into which they fall, the majority of Britons are mostly easy going, and consider fairness to be a virtue. If however, perfectly innocent people find themselves constantly demonised merely on the basis of their being white, they will react with anger. The result will not be better race relations, but a polarisation in society. Of course this is precisely what the Marxists want, as they continue to believe that causing social upheaval will give them the opportunity to gain power, before instituting their socialist nirvana. It seems to pass them by that this never works, and that they end up with regimes which crush them, but that's what you get when you insist on following the ideas of foolishly idealistic nineteenth century intellectuals, instead of genuinely seeking a better world.
It is deplorable the way in which vacuous celebrities seek to prove how wonderfully moral and virtuous they are by competing with each other to condemn people they don't know as racists, just because they dare to disagree with the propaganda put out by the hard left, while the the manner in which our universities have largely been taken over by Marxist academics ensures that the only acceptable views are those which emulate Orwell's sheep in his great parody Animal Farm, chanting 'Woke good, non woke bad', so students who do not subscribe to this philosophy are marginalised, and treated as guilty of racism. Unfortunately our young people have been so brainwashed by the Marxists who have infiltrated our educational institutions, aided and abetted by those such as the disgrace which still calls itself the 'British' Broadcasting Corporation, that they accept these lies.
Contrary to Mr Tebbutt's assertion, the deliberate distortion of history being taught to our young people is undermining not only their education, but our democratic society.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 9th April 2021
I am constantly astounded by the extent of the self deception displayed by irreconcilable acolytes of the EU, who are living examples of those who were the subject of the verse in Jeremiah 5:21 "Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not", although we know this better as 'there are none so blind as those who will not see'.
Tony Sykes talks of friends in the EU but, while individuals may have friends, as indeed I do in various Continental countries, nations are different for, as Viscount Palmerston said in a speech to the House of Commons in 1848 "We have no eternal allies, and we have no perpetual enemies. Our interests are eternal and perpetual, and those interests it is our duty to follow." For example, Germany may now be an ally, but I remember playing on bomb sites, and abandoned anti aircraft emplacements, in the 1950s, so would hesitate to regard her in the same benign light as I regard individual Germans. Those nations of the Indian sub continent, the West Indies, and others, who sent large numbers of men to fight on our side in both the world wars have a much better claim to be our friends than do those against whom we have fought many wars over the centuries.
In reality this is anyway irrelevant because it is the EU, not Europe, which is treating us as beyond the Pale, continuing to prosecute a totally irrational vaccine war, demanding vaccines, which it then refuses to use, while it is undermining peace in Northern Island with its interpretation of the Brexit agreement.
In addition those like Steve Barrass, who still think that the European Parliament is of any relevance, should wake up to the fact that the EU is run by the European Commission, a bunch of unelected, incompetent, second rate bureaucrats, who are trying to cover up their failings by lashing out at the UK. Contrary to Mr Barrass I am grateful that for once we have a Prime Minister who seeks to implement the wishes of the British people, not those of the metropolitan elite.
Kent Messenger - 8th April 2021
Last week's letter from Kent CND was like receiving a communication from the age of the dinosaurs, as one would have thought that historical events since the Aldermaston marches of over sixty years ago would have proved conclusively that the policy of the unilateralists had been thoroughly debunked.
Had those naive demonstrators, manipulated by fellow travellers who wished to see the triumph of Communism, succeeded in their aim of fatally weakening the West by throwing away our nuclear weapons, then, far from this evil ideology collapsing as it did, it would have been able to force us into surrender by threatening, or by using its own H-bombs. Can anyone who understands human nature doubt that, if Stalin, or his successors, had obtained a monopoly of such weapons, we would not have been obliged to yield or die? One does not defeat a bully by kneeling before him.
One wonders if the adherents of CND would have been quite so fond of disarming if the enemy had been Hitler, or perhaps a regime such as apartheid South Africa, as our survival would then have been at the cost of Jewish or black lives. Today North Korea, and potentially Iran, are among those whom we must face down.
I remember that, in the early 1960s, a group of sixth formers at my grammar school announced that they would not take their exams, as there was clearly no point, due to the fact that we were all going to die in a nuclear war. I doubt they went through with it, but they must now be retired, so look pretty foolish in retrospect, as indeed do those scientists who set the Doomsday clock to three minutes to midnight decades ago, and yet here we still are.
It is said that Lenin described those non communists who aided the Communist cause as 'useful idiots', and he would have included the well meaning, but gullible, marchers of the 1950s as part of that group. The reality is that CND could not have been more wrong. No rational person wants to use our nuclear weapons, but their very existence has kept us safe from those of others. It's called deterrence.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 2nd April 2021
The response of the Julian Wilson, Chairman of the Tonbridge Labour party to my comments on transport makes clear how far that party has strayed from its roots.
It should be remembered that the Labour party was largely created by a combination of the trade unions, and the non conformist movement. Indeed it was the latter that ensured that the party advocated democratic socialism, not the atheistic Marxism espoused by the Communists. Its aim was to improve the lot of the working class, in the face of the brutal poverty and exploitation the latter had faced since the industrial revolution. It was this philosophy that, back in the mists of time, earned the support of myself and so many others, as leaders such as Attlee and Gaitskill sought to fulfil the promise of a more equal society.
Since those days the party has become almost totally dominated by middle class professionals, whose concerns are very different to those of the working class. While paying lip service to the need to defend the interests of the workers, particularly in the North, the party gives far greater weight to its supposed internationalism, becoming exercised about those causes external to these islands, than it is about the plight of the children of working class parents, who are often unable to get a decent education, or find worthwhile employment.
The middle class obsession with unproven theories of climate change leads Labour politicians, admittedly in combination with the other main parties, to prioritise green policies, often at the expense of local communities, who see jobs lost in order to satisfy the demands of environmentalists.
Finally, Mr Wilson's comment about nuclear deterrence shows how much the party has changed since the days that Attlee first authorised their construction. Contrary to Mr Wilson's assertion these weapons are not pointless. No sane person wants to use them, but their very existence prevents others contemplating using them on us.
Kent Messenger - 1st April 2021
Remain supporters such as your correspondent K Browne refuse to recognize that repeating tired old canards about Brexit does not make them anymore valid.
To imply that support for Brexit is a policy of the Right is nonsense, as opposition to involvement in the European project was a consistent policy of the Left in the days before and since the time that the Conservatives took Britain into the EEC. To quote from a published letter from Tony Benn, hardly a standard bearer of the Right, "people in all the member states have been forced into surrendering their rights to a political class that does not represent us, is not accountable to us and to whom, therefore, we owe no loyalty or moral obligation whatsoever".
The accusation of xenophobia is equally false. I have friends on the Continent, have travelled widely there, and love European culture. I do not hate anything about Europe, but do despise the bureaucratic monster of the EU, a very different thing.
As far as the the defence offered by K Browne concerning the behaviour of the EU regarding vaccines, the facts are that the EU has shown itself willing to threaten to break contracts, and sequestrate commercial assets at will. Businesses will be reluctant to locate new ventures within its boundaries, and it seems inconceivable that large pharmaceutical companies would be happy to place their factories where they may be seized by unelected bureaucrats anxious to deflect blame for their own faults.
It is clear that the incompetence, and arrogance, of the European Commission, in its failure to organise the order, and rollout, of vaccines, followed by the subsequent farce of casting doubt on the Astrazeneca product, will have led to the unnecessary death of many EU citizens.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 26th March 2021
It is clear that the incompetence, and arrogance, of the European Commission, in its failure to organise the order, and rollout, of vaccines, followed by the subsequent farce of casting doubt on the Astrazeneca product, will have led to the unnecessary death of many EU citizens.
However, what has become even more obvious is that the very unaccountability of the rulers of the EU, targeted by those of us supporting Brexit, is now fully exposed, and has at last opened the eyes of many who did not previously appreciate its reality.
The peoples of Europe have found that they have no democratic means of influencing the actions of the Commission, and that the president of that body Ursula de van Leyden is able to impose decisions without the agreement of the democratically elected governments of the individual nation states.
As far as the UK is concerned the political and economic effects of these truths are proving significant. The latest opinion poll shows that sixty one per cent of those questioned want absolutely nothing to do with the political structures of the EU, while flows of capital from the EU to the UK are accelerating. As the EU has shown itself willing to threaten to break contracts, and sequestrate commercial assets at will, businesses will be reluctant to locate new ventures within its boundaries. It seems inconceivable that large pharmaceutical companies would be happy to place their factories in a country where they may be seized by unelected politicians anxious to deflect blame for their own faults.
Those of your correspondents who hope for a Rejoin movement to be successful should, to use the current idiom, wake up and smell the coffee, as their beloved EU is rapidly sinking into irrelevance, and is now anathema to the vast majority of the British people.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 19th March 2021
For some time extreme environmentalists have described those who do not subscribe to their theories on global warming as climate change deniers, in a transparent attempt to tar them with the same brush as those despicable people who deny the holocaust. Not only is this an insult to those who hold a perfectly respectable, albeit different, view to the Green movement, but it also belittles the reality of the greatest crime in human history.
Now however Steve Barrass tries an alternative narrative, conflating climate change sceptics with anti vaxers, and those who refuse to wear masks during this pandemic. This comparison is invalid as no sensible medical authority has promoted the idea that vaccines should be refused, or that masks are a bad thing, whereas there are many within the scientific community, including professors of Meteorology, who are not prepared to accept that the claims of environmentalists are indisputable.
My wife and I have worn face masks, and protective gloves, since first being made aware of the pandemic, and we were delighted to receive our vaccination the moment they became due. However I do not subscribe to the idea that we face a climate emergency which makes it necessary to introduce panic measures, without regard to the very negative effects the latter will have on our society.
It is clearly a good idea to take measures to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels, as these are finite on a human timescale, whereas energy from the Sun, tides and wind are only vulnerable on a geological timeframe. However this can be done over a sensible period, taking advantage of technological advances, without throwing the baby out with bathwater, as we can make huge changes over the coming decades which will put our industrial civilisation on a more permanent basis. To believe this is not, as Mr Barrass claims, to be 'septic', merely rational.
Kent Messenger - 18th March 2021
I am unsure as to what K A Chapman regards as 'right wing' in any comments I have made. Is it that I regard Churchill as the great man who saved democracy, and this nation, or that I support Brexit, a policy voted for by a majority of the British people, allowing us to take back our rightful place in the world, or perhaps that I oppose the distortion of our society by those determined to rewrite history, and portray one of the most tolerant societies in the word as in the grip of racists, homophobes etc? None of these perfectly respectable positions are the preserve of one part of the political spectrum, certainly not the right. It is not a question of disliking opponents as individuals, but of countering what are false assertions, made by those who wish to close down any debate on these matters.
As far as Terrence Wright attempts at humour are concerned, to describe those struggling to deal with the greatest peacetime emergency for a century as hapless is a cheap jibe aimed at undermining reasonable efforts to restore normality.
Incidentally that your columnist incorrectly describes the successful campaign to free these country as being packed full of demonstrable falsehoods makes clear that he, like many of your correspondents, is unwilling to ever accept not merely that they were defeated in the referendum, but that subsequent events have proved just how right we were to break with rule from Brussels.
Daily Mail - 12th March 2021
A comparison of the courage and determination of someone like Malala Yousafzai to the petulant whining of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex show the latter to be nothing more than pathetic self obsessed celebrities.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 12th March 2021
Contrary to the assertion by Julian Wilson, although a 20 mph limit is acceptable within Tonbridge town centre, it is absurd when applied to those routes such as the Pembury Road, or Quarry Hill Road, as the sloping nature of these makes it necessary to constantly apply the brakes, even in low gears, and ignores the fact that a 30 mph limit has been successfully applied for many years.
The constituency Labour party's support for greatly extended public transport may be idealistic, but it would be impossible to achieve without unacceptable rises in taxes, as no private company could expect to survive financially if it tried to operate the sufficiently comprehensive, and frequent service, which would be required.
The underlying belief that those who drive are selfish, and that those who walk or cycle are morally superior, takes no account of the fact that a large number of people are physically unable to do either. I was a volunteer driver in Tonbridge for six years, and I know that many of those I transported to hospitals etc. would have been quite unable to get there except by car.
The ultimate aim of campaigns restricting the sensible use of cars is to almost eliminate their use for leisure, and to make people ever more dependent on the goodwill of officialdom to provide alternatives, thus putting collectivist instincts ahead of individual freedom. No doubt a universal restriction of speed limits to 10 mph would prevent even more accidents, but it would also render car ownership pointless. The end of this particular road is the return of men with red flags waved before every car.
Kent Messenger - 4th March 2021
It is noticeable that much criticism is directed at the government in general, and Boris in particular, over the handling of the Covid crisis, yet I feel this is misplaced. Boris himself, having contributed greatly to the successful campaign to remove the UK from rule by Brussels, won a handsome majority in the General Election, and also achieved a deal with the EU which his detractors said was impossible. He then found himself in the unenviable position of one playing pass the parcel, in that he was in power when the music stopped, and the worst health crisis in a century exploded in his face.
Undoubtedly mistakes have been made, but I question whether anyone could have done better in such an emergency, certainly not the leaders of the alternative parties. The Cabinet, for once composed of people who actually seem to be seeking to keep their word to the electorate, have certainly stepped up to the plate, and despite constant attacks on his judgement and commitment, Matt Hancock stands out as one who has done all that he can to confront the virus.
The vaccine roll out has been better than anywhere else in the world, except Israel, for once even local councils doing a sterling job of organising rapid deployment. If only this foul plague can be suppressed then Boris will have the chance to show that his promises regarding Britain's bright future outside the EU can become a reality.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 19th February 2021
Bill Hickling derides the measures taken by the government to counter the pandemic as never tried before health measures, and claims that lockdowns have had little, or no, impact. In fact the only method those living in centuries when medicine was primitive was to attempt to isolate communities and individuals, from the segregation of lepers in biblical times, to those villages in the 14th century, who cut themselves off from the rest of the country to prevent the bubonic plague reaching them.
Of more concern is that, at a time when we seem to have a way out via vaccines, many people, including some health workers, are refusing to be jabbed. While a few may, for valid medical reasons, be unable to be vaccinated, there are many more who are refusing for specious reasons, thus putting the rest of the population in danger.
When one adds to these those who blatantly break the regulations in order to attend raves and parties it is clear that it is not the government which has reacted badly, but those who seem to expect to carry on as usual, despite the crisis.
Kent Messenger - 18th January 2021
S J Harrowell, in his response to my comments regarding the NHS, conflates the NHS bureaucracy with the front line workers, something which I explicitly did not do. I greatly admire the doctors, nurses and ancillary staff, who are performing herculean tasks every day. My criticism is directed at the pen pushers of the absurdly overpaid, and overstaffed, layers of pointless managers, together with the non profession of Human Resources, whose main function seems to be to produce endless policies which do nothing but obstruct those trying to do the real work. Many of these schemes arose because of the bureaucratic regulations emanating from Brussels, so are now no longer relevant.
As far as the teachers are concerned, at a time when brave NHS workers and others are risking their lives, the teachers' unions are making unreasonable demands, deliberately preventing the reopening of schools. This in no way reflects on the courage and dedication of teachers, but shows just how their union leaders are continuing to pursue their rigid, politically motivated, agenda whatever the consequences.
Contrary to Mr Harrowell's belief we are indeed being duped by the Chinese regime. The latter has managed to combine the economic strength of capitalism with the continuation of the power structure of Communism, and we have allowed them to inveigle their way into our infrastructure, without warning infect the whole world with a virus, and begin to undermine democracy everywhere. They have treated the agreement over Hong Kong with contempt, menaced Taiwan, and made invalid claims on the whole Asian area, attempting to browbeat India, even trying to cow Australia. We have foolishly permitted the lure of cheap products to allow much of our industry to gravitate to China. Again the arguments are trotted out that if we engage with them they will gradually become more like us. This is either a conscious lie, or such a misreading of the nature of their regime that it amounts to an insane delusion.
Finally no one is trying to stop Mr Harrowell having his say. Rather he seems to want to stop others having theirs.
Kent Messenger - 11th January 2021
Andrew South must live in a fantasy world where, like the Red Queen in Alice, he can believe six impossible things before breakfast.
He claims that the UK is a 'Remain' nation, thereby arguing that all those who chose not to vote in the 2016 referendum were supporters of Remain, a totally baseless assertion, while his belief that support for Remain has increased is laughable, when even well known commentators who opposed Brexit are now admitting that they were wrong. I have yet to meet one person who voted Leave who has changed their mind, in contrast to many who are now regretting their vote to stay.
The recent behaviour of the European Commission relating to the availability of vaccines against Covid has torn away the mask that the EU has worn of being a benign entity. The Eurocrats, having demonstrated fully that they are totally incompetent, by their failure to order the necessary number of jabs, then proved their arrogance by their bullying attempts to deprive the UK of our supply, which we ordered months before they did. Their attempts to impose a hard border in Ireland prove that the EU was always just using the Irish, about whom they care nothing, as dupes in their attempt to undermine Brexit. This fiasco is the direct result of handing power to make vital decisions to a bunch of corrupt apparatchiks, who are more concerned with preserving their gravy train of the European project than they are in saving the lives of their fellow citizens.
Mr South clearly has no understanding of the way in which we were becoming increasingly subject to laws made in Brussels, and only Brexit has prevented this process from continuing apace. As far as free trade is concerned we are already making agreements with countries around the world, something we could not have done had we remained in the EU. He chooses to belittle his own nation but we remain as the most important military power in Europe after Russia, one of the five permanent members of the security council, and the fountainhead of the Commonwealth and the Anglosphere. Global Britain is rising to take the place of the little province of a single European state he clearly prefers
Rather like the King with no clothes the truth about the EU is clear to any who choose to look. It is a wretched, dysfunctional and protectionist bloc which, if only the citizens of its individual member states were given the chance to vote on leaving, would soon join Communism in the dustbin of failed political experiments. Given their slavish support of the EU I assume that deranged Remainers would, should EU troops land at Dover, be on the clifftops cheering them on.
Kent Messenger - 28th January 2021
Although I do not agree with many of the policies of the current government, particularly the treatment of our fishermen following the agreement with the EU, I believe that many of the attacks concerning the Covid emergency directed against Boris and his ministers are absurd. Judging by many of the comments made one would think that he was sitting in his office rubbing his hands in glee, as he devised new ways to deepen the crisis, rather than doing his best in a terrible situation. The attitude of much of the media is that they should do their best to criticise and condemn, this being particularly true of the BBC. Presenters adopt tones of incredulity when asking questions, sum up the answers given by the interviewees unfairly, and even demand that ministers apologise to those affected by the pandemic, as if they were incompetent, uncaring or both. One wonders what right these arrogant unelected inquisitors think they possess to inflict their personal prejudices on the audience.
It may very well be true that arrangements to meet the situation we now face have been inadequate, but this is hardly the sole fault of a government which has only been in power for a relatively short time, as previous administrations have failed to take such action over decades. Of course, were a government to have announced that it intended to spend billions on PPE, to increase massively the number of intensive care beds, and to build numerous new hospitals, no doubt those now complaining would have decried the expense to prepare for what seemed likely to be a once in a century event.
If we survive this viral plague any future Royal Commission should investigate not merely the immediate causes of the crisis, targeted at those who were unfortunate enough to draw the short straw by being in power when it arrived, but at the failures of the national bureaucracy, in particular that of the NHS, to deal effectively with the tasks arising, the politically motivated teaching unions, who did their best to obstruct the continuation of education, and the disinformation propagated via social media.
It is totally understandable that people who may have lost loved ones seek to find someone to blame, other than the workings of fate, but they should direct their anger at the true guilty party, the Chinese Communist regime, which is using lies to cover up its culpability in failing to warn the world about the danger. Had they done so we might not now be in this dreadful mess.
Kent Messenger - 14th January 2021
Sir Simon Stevens is being disingenuous in his comments on the NHS. I yield to no one in my respect and admiration for the front line workers in the NHS, nor in my gratitude to them. However, as I, and others, including many doctors and nurses, have pointed out, the effectiveness of the NHS has been undermined by asinine changes made in the past few decades.
The ever expanding NHS bureaucracy, with its ridiculous number of so called managers, has absorbed a vast amount of resources which should have been utilised to improve front line services, without in any way helping patients. In this they have been assisted by the non profession of Human Resources, whose malign influence I encountered in my years as chairman of our office union, which converted personnel departments, who existed to assist staff, into an arm of management which rode roughshod over them, at the same time justifying their existence by producing countless absurd policies which actually subverted the efficiency of the organisations involved.
The malignant effect of all this has been thrown into sharp relief by the fact that retired medical professionals have had their applications to help out with vaccinations refused on the bureaucratic grounds that they may not have attended nonsensical courses on diversity, or even fire training. Bureaucrats put their preposterous concerns ahead of effective action.
In addition, in the past, nursing was a vocation, recruiting from a wide spectrum of society, yet now we are told that one must be a graduate to be employed. This is as ridiculous as the need for policeman to have degrees. Fifty years ago a large number of professions were staffed by those who learnt through apprenticeships, and on the job training, yet now those who do not attend university are regarded as unfit for the very same jobs.
When I was last in hospital in 1955 they were run efficiently by the matron and the ward sisters, but now they groan under the weight of useless paper pushers, while willing and capable nurses are lost due to unreasonable demands that they attend university. It is time that the whole NHS was reformed to restore its original ethos.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 8th January 2021
As we wait for the rollout of the vaccines to suppress the viral plague we nevertheless have reason to rejoice that we are finally free of the dead hand of the protectionist, undemocratic and ultimately doomed European Union.
Despite the efforts of the Remainers to reverse the result of the 2016 referendum, and the refusal of so much of the political class over many years to admit the truth about the intentions of the European project, that it is designed create a single European state, run by unelected bureaucrats, the will of the British people, as expressed in the referendum, has finally been honoured.
There have been many heroes of this struggle, initially from those of the Labour party such as Gaitskill, Peter Shore and Tony Benn, and latterly from the right, with senior Conservative figures, like Bill Cash, John Redmond and Iain Duncan Smith, while those who braved undeserved ridicule and hostility to ensure that UKIP provided the means of pressurising the main parties to change their policies have been vindicated. Nevertheless, were it not for the determination, and courage, of Boris Johnson to obey the will of the people, there can be no doubt that we would still be enduring endless political turmoil, as self interested politicians and bureaucrats tried to prevent the break with Brussels.
Future historians will wonder why the sensible words of General de Gaulle were not heeded, and the British establishment caused the sacrifice of so much in order to join an organisation whose philosophy runs contrary to our history and vital interests.
We can at last turn our backs on an out dated and failing project, looking forward to what will amount to a political and economic renaissance, as we regain that belief in ourselves which has been suppressed, but not extinguished, by the years tied to Brussels. As we return to our rightful course of being a truly global country, the aberration of the years involved with the EU will become a distant memory, and we can restore Britain to her rightful place as one of the great nations of the world.
Kent Messenger - 7th January 2021
Although we have not yet been delivered from the nightmare of Covid there is now one overwhelming reason to celebrate, in that, after decades of being gradually drawn into the grip of Brussels, we are once again a free, independent and sovereign country.
Despite the deception practised by so much of the political class over many years, consistently denying the truth about the intentions of the European project, which is seeking to dismantle the nation states of Europe, and create a single European state, the determined common-sense of the British people has won.
There have been many heroes of this struggle, from those such as Gaitskill, Peter Shore and Tony Benn on the left, to Bill Cash, John Redmond and Iain Duncan Smith on the right, while UKIP provided the means of pressurising the main parties to change their policies. Nevertheless, were it not for the determination of Boris Johnson to heed the will of the people, there can be no doubt that we would still be involved in endless arguments, as the Remainers sought to reverse the result of the 2016 referendum.
Future historians will wonder why the sensible words of General de Gaulle were not heeded, and the British establishment caused the sacrifice of so much in order to join an organisation whose philosophy ran contrary to the interests of the British nation. Now at last we can turn back onto our rightful course as a truly global nation, while the aberration of the years involved with Brussels will become a distant memory.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 24th December 2020
Once again Richard Landolt shows that irreconcilable Europhiles have no understanding of the basic democratic objection to the EU. In our parliamentary democracy individuals, and groups, who find themselves at odds with Kafkaesque bureaucracies, can approach their elected representatives to take up their case, the latter being well aware that, if they do not respond adequately, they risk losing their seats at the next election. We have evolved this system of democratic accountability over the centuries, since Simon de Montfort called the first parliaments in the late 13th Century, but it is totally contrary to the arrangement obtaining in Brussels, where appointees are in charge. The idea put forward by Anthony Hoskin that these latter nevertheless represent their own countries ignores the fact that the European elites have more in common with each other than they do with their domestic electorates, and their loyalty lies with the federalist concept of a single European state, run by those such as themselves.
Mr Hoskin also takes issue with my disparaging use of the term 'liberal' yet, together with 'progressive', this word had become debased. My idea of a true liberal, and progressive, would be William Wilberforce, who not only fought the evil of slavery for decades, but championed such organisations as the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The problem is that, while terms such as Fascist and Marxist are clear, the hijacking of the liberal label has allowed those, who are anything but, to pretend that they are on the side of the angels.
In Alice Humpty Dumpty said "When I use a word,"it means just what I choose it to mean, neither more nor less" , and when Alice objects whether you can make words mean so many different things, he replies "The question is,""which is to be master, that's all." In Orwell's masterpiece 1984 O'Brien, the Inner Party's interrogator says "Whatever the Party holds to be the truth, is truth. It is impossible to see reality except by looking through the eyes of the Party". Clearly Mr Hoskin's feeble defence of the use of such words as 'liberal' shows that he is unaware of their true contemporary meaning.
Finally if Steve Barrass really believes that sovereignty is a very silly idea he would clearly have been happy living in Eastern Europe when it was part of the Soviet Bloc, as Russia, not the individual nations, ruled the people.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 18th December 2020
From his latest tirade directed at myself, Anthony Hoskin makes clear that he is ignorant of the principles of reasoned, logical debate, as he believes, along with the perpetually offended morons of social media, that one should attack the person, not attempt to counter the arguments made. He mistakes style for substance, and attacks the former, largely because he knows that he cannot actually deny the truth of the latter. I make no apology for the use of the descriptions to which he objects, as they are totally accurate, although, as it happens, I have very rarely, if ever, used the term Remoaners to describe Remainers, as I believe the latter term is denunciation enough.
I will only cease to write about the issues involved once, inter alia, the politically correct Thought Police have been silenced, the environmental fanatics prevented from destroying our way of life in the name of an unproven theory, and those who refuse to accept the result of the EU referendum finally abandon their attempts to ignore the will of the people. I like to believe that, had I been writing to newspapers before, and during, the last war, I would have continued to attack the Nazis until the cause was won, however often I was obliged to make the same point.
I apologise for being obliged to reply yet again to Mr Hoskin, but, as that exponent of propaganda, Dr Goebbels stated, if you repeat something often enough, it will be believed, even if it is untrue, and those groups whom Mr Hoskin defends are experts at doing just that.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 11th December 2020
Julian Wilson clearly lacks an understanding of the structure of the European Union, and the fundamental difference between the bureaucrats of Brussels, and those of Westminster.
The European Commission is composed of appointed, not elected, officials, who actually produce the policies which are implemented throughout the Union, that fig-leaf for democracy, the European Parliament, being presented with a choice of swallowing it whole, or rejecting it in its entirety. Therefore, in effect, policy which affects the lives of everyone is created by those who are not democratically accountable.
In the UK the bureaucrats are there to administer the execution of the policies which are generated by our democratically elected representatives, not to devise those policies themselves, and therefore those who make policy are directly accountable to the electorate. If the system used by the EU were to be adopted in the UK it would mean that the committee of permanent secretaries of the major departments would originate policy, MPs doing no more than rubber stamping the results.
If he has read the above I trust that Mr Wilson now comprehends the reason why those of us opposed to EU membership regard the Brussels system as lacking any democratic legitimacy.
As far as his personal attacks on myself are concerned I actually spent over forty years in IT, dealing with matters such as accounts, salaries and asset management, not policy, while my view of Marxism and anarchy is that both are evil systems. Alongside Churchill, one of my personal political heroes is Ernest Bevin who, from his earliest days as leader of the TGWU in the 1920s, opposed communism as an existential threat to the labour movement and democratic politics, while in practice anarchy leads to economic devastation, and the crushing of the weak by the strong.
I would be less worried by the ignorance, and bias, expressed by those such as Mr Wilson if it were not for the fact that they still refuse to accept the result of the 2016 referendum, and have many supporters among the irreconcilable liberal elite.
Kent Messenger - 10th December 2020
While, in a free country, Peter Cook and his friends are entitled to their opinions, they display a breathtaking contempt for that very freedom.
In the first place the supporters of Brexit were animated by a desire to regain control of our own affairs, and not to see our democracy subverted by unelected bureaucrats in Brussels, who are effectively accountable to no one, and whose diktats were imposed upon us without any sort of meaningful input from our elected representatives in Westminster. The European Parliament is merely a talking shop, and a fig-leaf created to cover the essentially dictatorial nature of the EU.
Secondly the 2016 referendum was the largest single democratic vote in our history, but Mr Brook is arrogant enough to discount the result, declaring that it can be stopped or suspended. By what right does he believe that his personal opinion should be given more weight than the more than seventeen million people who voted to leave the EU?
Finally his comment that "Nobody voted for the toxic combination of Corona crisis plus Brexit disaster, which equals a 'Britastrophe'", is absurd on many levels. The coronavirus was not even a cloud on the horizon when the vote took place, while Brexit is not a disaster, but is the salvation of this country, allowing us to turn back to the path we should never have left of being a sovereign, independent and democratic nation, not a province of a European single state. The vote was not about economics, but about who governs Britain.
One wonders whether Remainers will ever accept the will of the electorate, or if we must wait until the inevitable collapse of the EU to be free of their constant harping.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 4th December 2020
I am sure that the Courier will be inundated with letters about our area being put in tier 3, so I will confine myself to stating that, despite the fact that the government is in a very difficult position, the individuals responsible for placing West Kent in the same tier as East Kent are totally incompetent. Our local MPs are doing their best to reverse this decision, but I doubt that they will succeed.
However we must not allow the coronavirus emergency to provide a cover, under which small, but vociferous groups, are seeking to undermine our society. Firstly we must cease to indulge the ridiculous, but fashionable, agendas of the Green lobby, which are largely supported by uninformed youngsters, and middle class eco warriors, not ordinary people.
The farce of cycle lanes appearing and disappearing within days in Tonbridge, and other Kent towns, is now to be eclipsed by the proposal to phase out petrol and diesel cars by 2030, while by the impossible target of removing all gas fired boilers from homes in a similar time span has also been set. When one considers the fact that these changes will be completely irrelevant in a world where China has more coal fired power being developed than the entire coal capacity of the US, these idiotic proposals show how necessary it is for us to cease listening to silly little Scandinavian girls, and to put the interests of ordinary people before the obsessions of the environmental fanatics.
One a separate issue the Thought Police of the liberal elite is now attempting to remove memorials to British heroes such as Churchill and Nelson, and world icons like Gandhi, based on specious, and absurd claims about their views and actions. Perhaps the most egregious example of this lunacy was the British Library choosing to include the poet Ted Hughes' name in a list of those associated with slavery, because of an ancestor, who was born in 1592. and whose family was, the library said, "deeply involved" with the London Virginia Company. The Library has apologised, but this illustrates that the lunatics are now in charge of the asylum, and it is time that the whole strata of obsessive imbeciles currently in charge of such organisations, including the National Trust, and the BBC, were replaced with those who retain a grip on sanity.
Kent Messenger - 3rd December 2020
Assuming that there is not a last minute betrayal in the EU negotiations we can look to a better future free of interference by Brussels. However, now that it is clear that the current health emergency is to be followed by many years of economic problems, reducing the standard of living for very many people for a considerable length of time, we must cease to indulge the ridiculous, but fashionable, agendas of the Green lobby, which are largely supported by uninformed youngsters, and middle class eco warriors, not genuine workers.
In Tonbridge, and other Kent towns, we have witnessed the debacle of cycle lanes appearing and disappearing within days, but this farce is now to be eclipsed by the proposal to phase out petrol and diesel cars by 2030. Quite apart from the fact that we have neither the infrastructure, nor the necessary electric supply to replace them, the cost of these cars will only ensure that car ownership is once again restricted to the rich, which will please those of the metropolitan elite who dislike the freedom to drive currently enjoyed by those the former regard as proles.
The methods of producing electric cars, and in particular batteries, ensures that the effect on emissions will anyway be very small, and in a world where China has more coal fired power being developed than the entire coal capacity of the USA, will be completely irrelevant. Anyway what is not generally appreciated is that the current increases we have seen in emissions have proved beneficial by increasing crop yields.
That this proposal is accompanied by the impossible target of removing all gas fired boilers from homes in a similar time span only illustrates how necessary it is for us to cease listening to silly little Scandinavian girls, and to put the interests of ordinary people before the obsessions of the environmental fanatics.
Finally, although many will not of heard of him, those who supported Leave in the referendum may be sorry to learn that one of the heroes of the anti EU movement over decades, Lord Stoddart of Swindon, has just died at the age of 94. He fought the good fight in the Lords for many years, and it is a pity that he did not live long enough to see the final victory. As much as anyone we owe him our liberation from the EU.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 27th November 2020
Once again Steve Barrass makes clear that he does not understand the nature, or the intentions of the European Union. His praise for the Single Market ignores the fact that to be a member of same would be to return us to the situation where our affairs would be once again under the control of the bureaucrats of Brussels, thus negating the whole point of Brexit. I do not know how often I must repeat this, but the vote for Brexit was not primarily about economics, but about our democracy, and the latter must not be undermined by any deal the UK were to reach with the EU.
What we seek is an agreement similar to that between the EU and Canada, or the EU and Australia, where the economic aspects admit of absolutely no interference by Brussels in the internal affair of the other party. Indeed this was originally proposed by the EU, but withdrawn when it became clear that the UK would accept such an arrangement, but not if it included betraying our fishermen, or allowing the European Court of Justice to determine our economic policies. The EU has never wavered from its aim of creating a single European state, and we must ensure that we are not drawn back into that project by stealth.
It is anyway questionable whether being members of the Single Market was in fact so beneficial to the UK, as the costs of EU membership, and the restrictions placed on our economy by Brussels, probably outweighed any possible advantages, quite apart from the detrimental effects on our right to determine our own future as an independent, sovereign nation.
Kent Messenger - 26th November 2020
David Fillingham seems to prefer conspiracy theories over democracy. He berates the government front bench for following what he describes as the Brexit line, but it must have escaped his attention that the greatest democratic decision ever taken in the UK was to leave the EU, so to implement same is to do no more than to respect the wishes of the majority of the electorate, in particular those of working class voters. Again, in 2016 Donald Trump won the presidential election, while his party also held both the Senate and the Congress, thus giving him a clear mandate, and his so called disruptive policies included no extension of foreign wars, and helping to reconcile a number of Arab states to an understanding with Israel.
Mr Putin may be authoritarian but he is no Hitler, or Stalin, seeking hegemony for his nation in Europe, or the world, as, being a realist, he is well aware that such games are not worth the candle, as they always cost far more, and end more disastrously, than intended. Those who claim that the British and American people voted the way they did is because of Russian interference are themselves guilty of overweening arrogance, imagining that the fact that the majority do not agree with them must be for some other reason than that they might be wrong, as clearly otherwise they would not have defied their supposed betters in the Left liberal elite.
The true betrayal of democracy would be for any backtracking on Brexit, or for the Conservative party establishment to persuade Boris to retreat into their comfort zone of satisfying shire voters, rather than fulfilling promises made to the voters of the 'Red Wall'. Unfortunately the moves towards appeasing the eco warriors of the Green movement may foreshadow just such a foolish change, which will eventually undermine support for their own party among those not obsessed with climate change theories.
Kent Messenger - 19th November 2020
Judging by Lloyd Allen's comments he does not understand the very great difference between democratic socialism and Marxism. Labour's greatest leader was Clement Attlee, whose post war administration created the NHS, implemented the 1944 Education Act, and nationalised much of British industry, including the mines and the railways. His Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin, left school as 15, founded the TGWU, and was described by Churchill as 'by far the most distinguished man that the Labour Party have thrown up in my time'. Both men were determined anti Marxists and, among other policies, worked together on the decision to produce a British atomic bomb, despite intense opposition from pro-Soviet elements of the Labour Party, as the former recognized Stalin for what he was.
I remember how the Labour party rightly maintained a list of those organisations which sought, in accordance with Marxist doctrine, to infiltrate and subvert the former, something such people had sought to do for decades. The Marxists, with their arrogant claim to be 'the vanguard of the proletariat', share with the modern Liberal left, who despise the views of the ordinary people, a belief in their own intellectual superiority, and natural right to rule. Attlee himself said 'ignore the intellectuals, they are always wrong', a judgement which has stood the test of time.
As far as Mr Allen's contention that I direct minimal anger at those on the right is concerned he could not be further from the truth, as I have only loathing for those who deny the Holocaust, profess anti Semitism, or assess the worth of a person by their race. As one who did not even know what alt-right means I can only say, having searched for the term on the web, to associate any democrat such as myself with their views is reprehensible.
Times of Tonbridge - 18th November 2020
I recommend that those such as Martin Dawes, who criticise our electoral system, watch the three series of the Danish political drama 'Borgen'. This is well written, with an excellent cast, sympathetic characters, and with compelling storylines, but for those with an interest in politics, it explodes the myth that proportional representation somehow achieves a fairer result.
Once the elections are over the plethora of small parties indulge in horse trading, in order to arrive at a majority government, seeking policy compromises, and political appointments, thus undermining the very platforms upon which they stood.
The result is that, for example, one might vote for a Centre Left party, only to see it support right wing policies, so that its elected representatives might enjoy some of the fruits of power.
There is no perfect system, but 'first past the post' usually results in a stronger government, while it should be recognised that the main parties of right and left do generally represent a coalition of ideas, within a philosophical framework clearly understood by electorates.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 13th November 2020
In his response to my comments on religion S Rotberg fails to comprehend the point I made about, in the absence of a God, morality being no more than a matter of opinion, as if it is not absolute, derived from religion, then it is dependent on relativism. Therefore whether an action is right or wrong depends on the moral norms of the society in which it is practiced, and the same action may be morally right in one society but be morally wrong in another.
I am sure that this correspondent shares with me a belief that to kill the innocent is wrong, to be cruel is wrong, or to lie, cheat or steal is wrong. However these beliefs do not, as he thinks, arise spontaneously among humans, but are, in our case, absorbed from living in a society based upon the Judaeo-Christian values which hold that they are absolutes, not just convenient ideas.
The Romans who cheered the slaughter of prisoners and animals in the Coliseum, and delighted to see gladiators kill each other, would not even understand why we think these things are wrong. Nor indeed, in living memory, would the Germans who operated death camps to kill Jews and others, or Imperial Japan, which massacred millions of Chinese as they sort to extend their conquests. It is a chilling thought that, had we lost the war, Nazi indoctrination might, within several generations, have destroyed our own morality, as new generations would have been taught that might was right, that only Aryans deserved to live, and that belief in Christianity was a heresy against the doctrine of the superiority of the master race.
It is all very well of Mr Rotberg to extol the virtues of leading a peaceful and fulfilling life, but, even in the unlikely absence of war, oppression and cruelty, many enduring miseries of body and mind would have no hope for the future if this material world is all there is to existence.
Kent Messenger - 12th November 2020
Your correspondents who are so certain in their belief that anthropological global warming is a reality, proved by scientists, should look at what the consensus of the scientific community was only a few decades, when the warnings were all of rapid cooling, and a new ice age.
I could give numerous examples, but two illustrate the point. In 1971 the journal Science published a paper by two eminent scientists which said "An increase by only a factor of four in global aerosol background concentration may be sufficient to reduce the surface temperature by as much as 3.5 degrees Kelvin, sufficient to trigger an ice age". In 1973 the Science Digest carried the following warning "At this point the world's climatologists are agreed on only two things. That we do not have tens of thousands of years to prepare for the next ice age, and that how carefully we monitor our atmospheric pollution will have direct bearing on the arrival and nature of this weather crisis. The sooner Man confronts these facts, the safer he'll be".
There are fashions in scientific opinion, and these are exacerbated by the desire to obtain research grants, not to rock the boat, and to enjoy fifteen minutes of fame. The one thing which is undeniable about our climate is that we live in an interglacial, which could end at any moment. The very different advice we now receive from scientists concerning the best way to fight Covid should be a warning to the fact that 'following the science' is not as straightforward as it seems.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 6th November 2020
I write this before election day in America, but I fear that Steve Barrass will get his wish, and Donald Trump will have lost. Although Mr Trump is too bombastic in style for British observers, and very intolerant of those who oppose him, one should look at his achievements, and also those whose lives he seeks to improve. Contrary to the propaganda emanating from the media here Mr Trump has succeeded in numerous areas, and kept the promises he made in 2016. Unlike many of his predecessors he has done his best to avoid military adventures, while using the considerable influence of the US to broker peace between Israel and several Arab nations. For this he receives little credit among the liberal elites, in contrast to the ridiculous awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Barak Obama when he had hardly had time to get his feet under the desk. The latter was a good, and well meaning man, but his greatest achievement was to show that it was rightly possible for a person of any race to be President, as he made no significant changes to foreign policy, his greatest expertise being rhetorical, not practical.
In addition, thanks to President Trump's policies, even in the face of this vile virus, the American economy is weathering the global pandemic better than any other major Western country, including those of Europe, experiencing the least severe economic contraction of any major Western economy in the first half of 2020, with the Euro Area economy's contraction being 1.5 times as severe as the contraction of the US economy. Since April, America has gained over 11.4 million jobs, recovering more than half of those lost because of lockdowns. Retail sales are already above pre-pandemic levels, many construction and manufacturing jobs have returned, business activity is at a 20-month high, and new jobless claims fell to their lowest level this week since the beginning of the pandemic.
What many people in Britain may not realise is that the Democratic party is dominated by the liberal insiders of the Washington Beltway, whose hold the same opinions as our homegrown inhabitants of the Westminster bubble. Just like Boris, Donald Trump is attempting to better the lives of the blue collar workers, ignoring the special pleading of the already privileged middle classes.
As far as we in the UK are concerned we will come to regret Mr Trump's departure, as he is a good friend, and one who supports our efforts to regain our freedom from the domination of Brussels, unlike Joe Biden, who foolishly believes that the Germans would be a better ally for the US
Kent Messenger - 5th November 2020
I was amazed to read L Belsom's defence of Marxism, not least because he described it as a 17th century ideology, when Karl Marx was not born until 1818.
Whatever its original principles it must be judged on its practical effects on the world, and there it is guilty of causing probably more deaths than any other doctrine which has afflicted mankind. Even Marx himself ended his life stating that he was not a Marxist, and Lenin admitted that the Russian revolution, arising as it did from a fundamentally peasant economy, was in direct conflict with the so called Marxist principles which stated that a society must go through an industrialised, capitalist phase, before a Communist state can arise.
Both Lenin and Trotsky were open about the need for the application of extreme measures to establish a Marxist Russia, and this was of course brought to perfection by Stalin, who is estimated to have caused the deaths of about 20 million Russians, who died in labor camps, forced collectivisation, famine and executions.
All these supposed idealistic creeds, whether it be Marxism, religious fundamentalism, or modern protest groups such as environmental extremists, react the same way when they discover that their basic principles do not fit the real world. Instead of questioning, and changing, their beliefs they try to twist reality to fit their distorted views, resulting in misery for vast numbers of people. Marxism has proved itself to be evil, and should be resisted wherever it is encountered.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 30th October 2020
Paul Rowlandson is either extremely naive, or has been living in a cave for the past five years. He talks of the period since the EU referendum as if supporters of Brexit have been able to follow through with major changes in the spirit of going forward together. In reality the Remainers refused to accept a democratic decision, and until the election of December 2019, proceeded to use their strength in Parliament to frustrate an effective withdrawal from the EU, opposing any policies which might achieve same. When Boris finally obtained a majority the whole process was then thrown into disarray by the advent of the coronavirus, without which we would now be standing on the brink of complete success. Nevertheless, if Boris remains resolute, then we should make the final break with Brussels by next year.
As far as the comments by Richard Landolt are concerned he clearly does not understand what I mean by the liberal elite, as it is not the background, or the interests, of individuals which is involved, but the philosophy and political views which they espouse. Unfortunately, rather like pornography, the qualifications for membership of this elite by so called liberals and progressives is often difficult to define, but their effects can be easily recognized. They will, inter alia, always favour the interests of foreign nations over our own, refuse to accept that crime is deterred by firm penal policies, preferring to advocate weak responses which never work, ignore the rights of unborn children, and approach matters such as defence against aggressors with an appeasers' mindset. Far from being unfit to be PM Boris is the best we have had for many years, and only the unprecedented crisis caused by the virus, which would have challenged even Winston, have prevented him from achieving what I am sure he can, and hopefully will.
Kent Messenger - 29th October 2020
S Kitchener's attack on me as a right wing capitalist says more about his politics than it reflects reality, as I have been a trade union member for over fifty years, and a supporter of the real Labour party represented by Attlee, Gaitskill and Bevin, although not in its modern pseudo liberal incarnation. If, as I suspect, he considers support for Brexit to be a mark of a right winger, he should be aware that most true socialists consider the EU to be a capitalist club, and, for many years, I sat on anti EU committees alongside Labour figures such as Peter Shore, while acting as a steward for Tony Benn's meetings, where he outrightly condemned the EU as an anti democratic organisation. In addition my belief that penal policy is too soft is not a result of some inner Judge Jeffreys, but because I am aware that it is the working class who suffer most from crime, while my opposition to illegal immigration is based on the fact that it is the jobs, and life prospects, of ordinary working people living in places such as my wife's hometown of Middlesbrough, that are adversely affected, not those of comfortable middle class liberals in the South East.
He accuses me of a lack of research but I stand on the facts of the experience of having lived in the UK for over seventy years, a grammar school education, qualifications in History and Economics, and active involvement with political issues for decades. I am not, as he asserts, bitter, but, I do feel, as a practising Christian, what the bible describes as righteous anger, when confronted with the arrogant complacency of the selfish so called liberal elite.
I can assure Mr Kitchener that I am quite happy with my volunteer efforts at my Church, and that he should consider the beam in his own eye of wishing to suppress the views of those with whom he disagrees, rather than seek to play the man rather than the ball when discussing matters of great moment. If he was a pupil of mine I would tell him to try ascertaining the facts before uncritically accepting the fashionable opinions promulgated by those who have had things their own way for too long, and who now fear that the result of the 2016 referendum may prove a watershed, which will see the true interests of the people put before those of the chattering classes.
BBC History Magazine - 1st November 2020
Given the true horrors of nuclear weapons no Civil Defence measures taken could ever have been more than token gestures, and indeed one would question whether living in the desolate wasteland that would have been left would have been worthwhile.
However it is obvious that the only way of surviving such a war was to ensure that it never happened, and here the Western powers did follow a strategy that was successful. Despite immense public pressure from those who would have appeased the Communist bloc by laying down our own nuclear weapons the policy of deterrent did prevent the ultimate holocaust.
It was not 'Protect and Survive', or 'Duck and Cover' but instead 'Mutually Assured Destruction' which actually kept the population from suffering the effects of a global war.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 16th October 2020
My parents, who during the Second World War, endured the Blitz while working in the Woolwich Arsenal, and saw their house destroyed by an oil bomb in 1940, would have been furious had they known that we are now being threatened by the German President of the European Commission, because we dare to put our survival as an independent nation above the narrow views of lawyers. The snide comment by Tim Wilson about Novichok is the sort of distortion we expect from Remain supporters, while his statements concerning Ireland totally ignore the fact that the EU could not care less about the Irish, but have merely tried to use the issue to keep control of Britain by the back door. That the European Court of Justice should claim the power to rule on anything connected with the UK is a joke, given that the principle upon which it operates is that the primacy of European Union law is an EU law principle that, when there is conflict between European law and the law of its member states, European law prevails, and the norms of national law are set aside, thus proving that it is nothing more than the subservient creature of the unelected rulers of the EU.
Steve Barrass continues his nonsense, as the offering made by Labour at the last election was Jeremy Corbyn, not Keir Starmer, and the latter's record clearly shows that, as Prime Minister, he would rush to take the knee to the EU, completely ignoring the democratic decision taken by the British people. We are now at the critical point in the EU negotiations and, whatever problems Boris has encountered over Covid, which would have tried any leader to the extreme, he will not be forgiven if he backs down by betraying the fishermen, or by allowing he ECJ any say in our affairs.
On a separate issue, it is regrettable that Prince Harry, once admired by most of us, has decided to issue a statement that the world is created by white people for white people. This may have been true for him, brought up in a palace, but he clearly has no sympathy for what the white working class in this country have endured over the centuries, when the Industrial Revolution was built upon their misery. Nor does he realise that the group most treated with contempt by the London elite are the white working class boys neglected by the educational system. Of course ethnic minorities also have very real grievances, but to demonise the majority of the population because of their colour is a disgrace, and the Queen must be very upset to see what Harry has done. He seems determined to follow the Duke of Windsor in sniping at his country from abroad.
Kent Messenger - 15th October 2020
Victoria Nicholls, in common with other environmentalists, chooses to call me a 'denier', in the hope that subconsciously I will be linked with those fascists who deny the Holocaust, which I actually regard as an historical reality, and the greatest crime in human history. This propaganda technique of guilt by association is one learnt from Dr Goebbels, as is the proposition that if you repeat a lie often enough, people will come to believe it, something the Greens do consistently.
I do not for one moment deny that the Earth's climate changes, as is inevitable on a dynamic world which has a life span of billions of years, and only dead bodies such as the Moon experience no variation in climate. However what I do question is whether the current changes are anthropological in origin, and, if not, why we should rush to undermine our civilisation by making precipitate changes, rather than allowing technology, or indeed natural processes, to meet the challenges in due time.
I recommend that Ms Nicholls read 'Climate Change: The Facts 2020', which lays out the reasons why we should reject the alarmism of the Green fanatics. Rather than listen to silly little schoolgirls she might read what Richard Lindzen, erstwhile Professor of Meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has to say in this book. He does not deny the potential for greenhouse gases, especially water vapour and CO2, to warm the Earth, but explains that because of the complexity of the physical processes at work, in particular, and the role clouds play in facilitating negative feedbacks, the Earth is unlikely to overheat. Professor Lindzen is known for his work in the dynamics of the middle atmosphere, atmospheric tides, and ozone photochemistry, unlike the vociferous former chairman of the climate alarmists at the IPCC, Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, whose degree in railway engineering, not climate, was obtained from the Indian Railways Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering.
As far as Extinction Rebellion is concerned these people are quite happy to block traffic, or limit free speech by attacking the distribution of newspapers, but why do they not demonstrate outside the Chinese embassy, or even better in Beijing, as it has recently been revealed that China is building a new coal plant every two weeks, and adding more gigawatts of coal power each year than the rest of the world combined. Obviously the reason is that the motivating force of XR is anti capitalist, and they do not intend to attack their fellow Marxists.
Kent Messenger - 8th October 2020
Bill Martin is correct that the local output of the BBC is vital, and should be supported, as indeed is the work of the World Service. However, in his desire to make a party political point Mr Martin accuses Conservative governments of underfunding the BBC, something which ignores the fact that the organisation has had access to vast sums from the licence fee, imposed on all.
The problem with the BBC is that it has been dominated for far too long by those unworthy of what they had inherited. I remember in the post war years, when the BBC still lived in the afterglow of its moment of glory, the time it truly spoke for England in our darkest hour, that the vast majority of the nation regarded it in the same light as the Crown, or the Church, it being the epitome of decency, service and patriotism. Woefully in these latter years it has been subverted by the bien pensants of the liberal left, so it now represents only the beliefs of the metropolitan elite, while its decisions to chase ratings, which, in view of the guaranteed income from the licence fee, it does not need, to pander to youth, who have other interests, and its payment to so called talent of obscenely large salaries have all undermined its place in the nation's heart.
There is now a glimmer of hope for with Tim Davie as director, and the possibility of Charles Moore as Chairman, it may be that the BBC can yet be restored to the organisation Lord Reith intended it to be. However it is certainly in the last chance saloon, and may have already have damaged its reputation beyond repair.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 2nd October 2020
It is only to be expected that those holding political views such as Karen Kilby are psychologically incapable of even reading the arguments put forward by opponents, as she, and those of a similar disposition, have suffered a trauma from which many may never recover. After decades of believing that the consensus policies of the political establishment were supported by the British people the result of the EU referendum showed that they were very much mistaken. The bien pensants who have so dominated social developments over the past few decades are still reeling, and clearly in denial. I must also point out to Ms Kilby that Don Quixote tilted at windmills, imagining them to be giants, whereas my targets such as the EU are very real, and threatening.
As far as the praise heaped by Steve Barrass onto the BBC is concerned he might like to reflect that the new director general Tim Davie has stated that journalists who cannot leave their politics at the door are no longer welcome, while he is also planning to tackle Left-wing bias in BBC comedy shows as part of his reform plans. These statements from the horse's mouth make it obvious that the balance admired by Mr Barrass is merely a figment of the latter's imagination.
That the liberal elite are far from giving up has been illustrated only this week by their determination to falsify history, as the administrators of the National Trust choose to categorise Churchill's home Chartwell as one tainted by colonialism, or even more ridiculously, imply an association with slavery. This slur on the greatest ever Briton clearly shows how the National Trust has completely lost its way, falling under the sway of left liberals activists. I trust that all patriots, and particularly those who are members of the National Trust, will protest, and if necessary have no more to do with the latter.
Churchill was central to the cause of defeating the worse racist regime to have ever existed, and had it not been for his inspiring leadership, and refusal to submit, it is very likely that the Eurasian land mass, and perhaps the whole world, would have fallen under the control of the European fascists, and the Japanese militarists, the consequences for those who were considered by these fanatics to be inferior peoples being catastrophic.
The chattering classes of the Western world, particularly the UK and the USA, have finally gone completely insane, aggressively promoting a view of the world which bears no resemblance to reality, but generates hatreds and confrontations where previously people were moving closer to tolerance, and a united community, than had hitherto been the case. I hope that the 2016 referendum proves to be a watershed, turning the tide on these arrogant and ignorant blockheads who have done us so much damage over the years.
Kent Messenger - 1st October 2020
If the history books of the future are objective and truthful they will surely record that 2020 was not merely the year of a global pandemic, but also that time when the chattering classes of the Western world, particularly the UK and the USA, went insane. The bien pensants who have so dominated social developments over the past few decades aggressively promoted a view of the world which bore no resemblance to reality, but generated hatreds and confrontations where previously people were moving closer to tolerance and a united community than had hitherto been the case.
One egregious example is the determination to falsify history illustrated by the administrators of the National Trust categorising Churchill's home Chartwell as one tainted by colonialism, or even more ridiculously, implying an association with slavery. Had it not been for Churchill's inspiring leadership, and refusal to submit, it is very likely that the Eurasian land mass, and perhaps the whole world, would have fallen under the control of the European fascists, and the Japanese militarists, the consequences for those who were considered by these fanatics to be inferior peoples being catastrophic. The Nazis regarded the British as fellow Aryans, and had we been prepared to sacrifice every moral standard which characterised our nation, we might have divided the world between us. Indeed there were those among the British ruling class who would have been willing to come to an accommodation with Hitler, so that Great Britain and her empire would have been left untouched.
That we did not go down this path was due in no small measure to Winston Churchill, yet now we see this rewriting of history attempting to besmirch the memory of one voted to be the greatest Briton ever, clearly showing how the National Trust has completely lost its way, falling under the sway of left liberals activists. I trust that all patriots, and particularly those who are members of the National Trust, will protest, and if necessary have no more to do with the latter.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 25th September 2020
Unsurprisingly Remainers such as Steve Barrass are attacking the government's intention to, if necessary, modify the Withdrawal Agreement, in order to prevent the EU using it to render Brexit ineffective.
These apologists for Brussels are having a fit of the vapours at the thought that the UK might breach international law, while ignoring the fact that all nations do exactly the same when their vital interests are at stake. We are hearing a great deal from the Labour party, and from those such as Joe Biden, and Nancy Pelosi, about how dreadful it would be for Britain to take such a step, but we should remember that the invasion of Iraq was not sanctioned by the UN, and was therefore a breach of international law.
As far as the EU is concerned its political court, the European Court of Justice, has ruled that the EU has no obligation to follow WTO law (i.e. international law), including, inter alia, such issues as GMO crops and Airbus subsidies, and also stated that the EU should disregard the UN charter, the highest text of international law, if it is at odds with the EU's internal constitutional order. We should be in no doubt that Michel Barnier and his masters are very well aware that they will be able to use certain ambiguous clauses within the Withdrawal Agreement to continue the control by the ECJ of the UK, thereby negating the whole point of Brexit. The Good Friday accord is also an international treaty, so, by their own logic, the EU cannot use the Withdrawal Agreement to override it, and the UK Internal Market Bill is a safeguard to ensure that a new constitutional regime cannot be imposed on the Unionists without consent.
All these legal quibbles remind one of Sir Kingsley Wood, the Secretary of State for Air, who, at the beginning of the Second World War said that he could not authorise the bombing of the Ruhr, as it was private property. When the survival of a nation is concerned it must take the highest priority.
Mr Barrass praises the one nation wing of the Conservative party, but in reality these people are in fact no nation Tories, as they have always been wedded to the European project which would reduce the UK to being no more than a province in a single European state. Our freedom, democracy and independence are at stake, which are of much greater importance than disputes between lawyers. As that great Labour figure, and patriot, Peter Shore, said "to surrender such assets for an uncertain place inside the emerging European state would be an act not far short of madness and betrayal".
Kent Messenger - 24th September 2020
M Eccleston and P Stevens clearly have little knowledge of past events, and none at all of the EU's true motives in attempting to weaponise the Withdrawal Agreement.
In recent years the EU has systematically refused to comply with WTO rulings on GMO crops, hormone beef, and Airbus subsidies, while the European Court of Justice ruled that the EU had no obligation to follow WTO law (i.e international law) if it narrows the European Commission's scope for manoeuvre, repudiating the doctrines of legal supremacy and direct effect it now seeks to assert in the Withdrawal Agreement. The ECJ also ruled that the EU should disregard the UN charter, the highest text of international law, if it is at odds with the EU's internal constitutional order. The Good Friday accord is also an international treaty, so the Withdrawal Agreement cannot override it, and the UK Internal Market Bill is a safeguard to ensure that a new constitutional regime cannot be imposed on the Unionists without consent.
The unelected rulers of the EU are very well aware that they will be able to use certain ambiguous clauses within the Withdrawal Agreement to continue the control by the ECJ of the UK, thereby negating the whole point of Brexit, and this of course is why the Remainers in this country are so keen that Boris should fail to amend it. The hypocrites of the Labour party, and Joe Biden and his Democrats, ought to remember that the invasion of Iraq was not sanctioned by the UN, and was therefore a breach of international law. The reality is that lawyer's quibbles must not take precedence over the future of a sovereign nation. All this is reminiscent of Sir Kingsley Wood who, at the beginning of the Second World War said that he could not authorise the bombing of the Ruhr, as it was private property.
Our freedom, democracy and independence are at stake, which are of much greater importance than disputes between lawyers. As that great Labour figure, and patriot, Peter Shore, said "to surrender such assets for an uncertain place inside the emerging European state would be an act not far short of madness and betrayal".
Times of Tonbridge - 23rd September 2020
The changes being made to the roads in Tonbridge are a disgrace, made doubly so by the fact that the KCC, and indeed the government, is controlled by Conservatives, not Greens. While fit thirty year olds may be quite happy riding bicycles everywhere there are millions of people who, through disability, ill health or just plain old age cannot do so, and rely upon being able to use cars or public transport to get around. The idea that, in order for those who are able to take more exercise should do so is a good one, but it does not require creating havoc on the roads, merely an encouragement to walk, run or visit the gym.
Those who imagine that they are virtuous because they support parties in thrall to the Green agenda should realise that there is a price to pay if they choose to believe that adherence to the unproven theory of anthropological global warming should take precedence over all other considerations. The environmentalists will never be satisfied until humanity is back in the caves, rubbing sticks together for warmth, although of course using wood is also a cardinal sin in their eyes. They refuse to recognize that industry is already making massive changes in order to allow technological changes to meet most of their demands regarding emissions etc., as to do so would render their campaigns redundant.
It is ridiculous that county councils have responsibility for the roads within boroughs when it is the local council that knows the area, and is more directly accountable to the electorate than such remote bodies. It is time that these responsibilities were devolved to local elected representatives, while the policy of permitting a minority of green activists to dominate the political agenda should be reversed.
Kent Messenger - 17th September 2020
The attempts by the zealots of Extinction Rebellion to undermine free speech reveal the true nature of this organisation, as it wishes that no opinion other than theirs should be permitted. Although they have many sincere supporters I am afraid that these latter are merely a modern version of Lenin's useful idiots, giving credence to an apparently worthy cause which is actually pursuing a very sinister agenda.
The anarchists, nihilists and extreme socialists who are the driving force behind Extinction Rebellion are following the usual Marxist programme of attempting to disrupt democratic societies, to create disorder, and to use the subsequent chaos to allow them to step in, although they never seem to learn that the usual result is to promote equally undemocratic opponents to take power.
It is ironic that even the substance of the argument they claim to be making is deeply flawed as, contrary to their assertions, the theory of global warming is not one which is universally accepted by scientists, and one which ignores the reality of the very complex, and dynamic, universe in which we live. The eccentricities of the Earth's orbit and axial tilt lead to significant changes in the amount of energy reaching us from the Sun, while the the latter is still adjusting to the effects of having emerged from a large galactic dust cloud only about 10,000 years ago. The solar system is not an unchanging, necessarily stable entity, gravitational effects from the other planets all affecting each other, while even the galaxy as a whole is a violent place, full of radiation, and immense clouds of dust.
There is absolutely no reason why we should not seek to reduce, and eventually eliminate, our dependence on fossil fuels, not least because they are finite, but we do not need, as the extreme environmentalists advocate, to throw out the baby with the bath water. A reasonable approach, which is already taking place as industry turns to more sustainable source of power, can achieve what is demanded without destroying the technological basis of our civilisation. Those who rant and rave, and claim to be idealists should remember that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Times of Tonbridge - 16th September 2020
Dr Alan Bullion extolls the virtues of the new Lib Dem leader, and indeed he seems to be personally admirable. However Dr Bullion then unfairly attacks the Prime Minister, as if Boris was not doing his utmost to deal with a crisis unprecedented in over a century, while, as usual including a sour comment about Brexit.
The Liberal party became an irrelevance after Lloyd George's departure in 1922, its only platform now being a love of rule from Brussels, combined with the fact of not being one of the other main parties. It is beholden to fashionable socially liberal policies, being weak on, inter alia, penal policy, immigration and defence of the family, and only represents the middle class Guardian readers who have been allowed to dominate the country for far too long.
The Lib Dems still seek to reverse the democratic decision taken in June 2016, but we have absolutely no need to come to an agreement with the EU on trade, as using WTO terms is perfectly acceptable. The US and China use such terms, as does the US and the UK, and indeed as do most nations around the planet. Neither must we allow lawyers' quibbles to deter us from doing what is in the interests of our own country. When necessary many other nations have revoked international agreements, where such have been detrimental to the nation involved.
Kent Messenger - 10th September 2020
While Ray Duff is correct that those holding a majority in Parliament in the recent years have been largely from the Conservative party the fact is that these have been conservative in name only. Since Macmillan first tried to embroil this country in the European project the Tory party has been dominated by those who sought to tie us to Brussels, even Margaret Thatcher, having supported staying in the EEC in the 1975 referendum, and signing the Single European Act, only experiencing a road to Damascus far too late. In addition, while pursuing economic, and frequently class based policies, the Conservatives have been as beholden to socially liberal policies as their opponents, being weak on, inter alia, penal policy, immigration and defence of the family.
The Liberal party became an irrelevance after Lloyd George's departure in 1922, its only platform now being a love of rule from Brussels, combined with the fact of not being one of the other main parties. As far as Labour in concerned one of my political heroes Ernest Bevin would have rejected with contempt the attitudes now dominant in that party, he being a firm supporter of the working class, not middle class Guardian readers, and a true patriot.
The problem now is that, as the communist Rudi Dutschke advocated in the 1960s, the far left, unable to win democratic elections, has followed a policy of undertaking a long march through the institutions, undermining parts of the media, particularly the BBC, the education system, and even the Church, so that siren voices are raised against all attempts to rein in their fundamentally subversive policies. The results are now clear, with many afraid to oppose the irrational ideas being promoted, and free speech being undermined, the ignorant bullies of social media being in the forefront of such undemocratic forces.
As far as his comments about anthropological climate change are concerned, I would require considerably more space to enumerate the reasons that this is not a settled issue, but suffice it to say for now that many eminent scientists do not agree with the vociferous advocates of the apparent current consensus on the theory.
The Sun - 8th September 2020
How much longer must we tolerate the activities of the collection of anarchists, nihilists and fascists who constitute Extinction Rebellion. These people are actively seeking to suppress free speech by preventing the printing of newspapers which do not wholly subscribe to the unproven theory concerning anthropological climate change. It is time the authorities cracked down hard on this undemocratic organisation.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 4th September 2020
The ancient Greek tragedian Sophocles wrote in his play Antigone that "evil sometimes seems good to a man whose mind a god leads to destruction". We know the version of this better in a proverb often quoted, but wrongly attributed to Euripides, that "those whom the Gods wish to destroy they first make mad".
I feel that the description by Sophocles perfectly sums up the reality of the politically correct activists who are riding high at the moment, both here, and in the USA. If one ignores the sinister figures of the hard left, who seek to use these causes to advance their agenda, it is obvious that the vociferous minority who are seeking to corrupt our language, and criminalise those who refuse to bend the knee, literally in some cases, are driven by a conviction of their own moral superiority, yet what they are doing is the opposite of moral. Campaigns about, inter alia, the destruction of cultural artefacts such as statues, gender identification, the undermining of free speech in universities, limitations applied to language, and arrogant certainty over anthropological climate change, all demonise anyone who dares to question the underlying premises. Even singing Rule Britannia would be banned by these lunatics.
They are a self selecting group of bien pensants, who do not require courage, intelligence or strength to belong, but are merely prepared to declare themselves supportive of every last one of the lunatic ideas they promulgate, and are great ones for demanding rights, but are not keen on responsibility, because this conflicts with their right to be unaccountable, as they might be required to justify their views intellectually, rather than just by shouting down anyone who disagrees with them.
Unfortunately many have achieved positions in politics, the national media, in particular the BBC, education and the Church, which gives them the chance to influence society in the malign way their stupid ideas demand. The vast majority of voters are instinctively tolerant, patriotic and proud of their nation's history, but they are being treated as uneducated morons by the self described socially aware.
Unless we act, the destruction warned of in the proverb will be visited upon us all. Orwell says of the proles in 1984 "if only they could somehow become conscious of their own strength, they needed only to rise up and shake themselves like a horse shaking off flies". The people must reject the siren voices of these demented crusaders and treat them as the self important, miserable, undisciplined, arrested adolescents they actually are.
Kent Messenger - 3rd September 2020
Those who set store by teacher assessments of potential examination results have a touching, but naive, faith in human nature, or, if politicians, they are being hypocritical.
The teachers at my co-educational state grammar school in the 1950s were excellent, but they worked in an environment where the girls were, for the most part, well behaved and diligent, while, as one might expect of adolescent boys, the latter were more rebellious, and not always as dedicated to their studies. During term time, and when end of term tests were set, it was the girls who always ended up in the top ten of the class, while the boys tended to languish in the bottom half. Teachers would be less than human if these facts did not affect their assessment of their pupils, and one knew that, if there were favourites, they was most likely to be found among the girls. However, when the important external examinations were taken, the boys did just as well, and sometimes better, than their female classmates, proving that to have relied merely on the opinions of teachers would have been unwise.
Unfortunately the education system has since become intensely politicised, with the teachers' unions dominated by the far left, who wish to obstruct and undermine anything a Conservative government tries to do, while for exam boards to allow teachers to decide on grades is to allow them to mark their own performance, as a class full of high achievers must reflect well on themselves. As a consequence one school gave A or A starred grades to every pupil, an absurdity, given that in the past there had been a normal distribution of grades. The national assessment average is 12% above last year's, hardly a realistic picture.
One would not know from the press coverage that 88% of pupils did get the university places they wanted, but the revised system may now mislead youngsters into taking on a significant debt in order to take courses which inevitably will prove unsuitable, with the result of either losing their investment, or emerging with degrees which will be of no use in the workplace.
The hypocrisy can be seen in the fact that one of Labour's front bench spokespeople said in April "We have always said predicted grades are not always accurate, and can disproportionately affect children who need most support", yet now Labour seems to regard teacher assessment as sacrosanct.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 28th August 2020
Adrienne Fitzwilliam rolls out the old argument that, as a government did not command an absolute electoral majority, it does not represent a majority view. This ludicrous assertion is repeated endlessly by the losers, despite the fact that in a country possessing a number of political parties it is inevitable, only one party dictatorships achieving massive votes in their favour. Indeed, in post war elections, only Attlee attained such a majority.
Her attacks on government personalities say more about her political leanings than their supposed failings. Priti Patel not only represents the majority who voted to leave the EU, but her views on penal policy, and illegal immigration, are shared by most ordinary people, and to be sacked by Teresa May, one of our worst ever PMs, is a badge of honour, not of disgrace. Dominic Raab, Matt Hancock and Rishi Sunak are also impressive ministers, while Boris himself stood up to the political establishment, and was instrumental in ensuring that the result of the referendum was finally honoured. The disaster of the coronavirus crisis would have tested any government, and I doubt that Labour or the Lib Dems would have handled it better. Ms Fitzwilliam refers to my 'beloved Brexit', but of course this was also beloved by a majority of voters, so I make no apology for supporting that democratic decision.
A N Towell also repeats discredited canards about the EU referendum, making clear that he has never accepted the result, while in matter of the responses to the virus, it is easy to criticise with the advantage of hindsight, but, given the current situation, it seems that the praise heaped on other nations has proved misplaced, our position now being better than many.
Finally Steve Barrass continues to write to us from the other side of the looking glass. The 2016 referendum was not won by a 'con-trick', but because the ordinary people had had enough of the EU. The real confidence trick was played by the entire political elite over decades, when they sought to convince the British people that the European project was merely a free trade deal, while in reality it was always intended to result in a single European state, with the UK being only a province, or possibly several provinces, within a federal organisation. It is time that the members of the European Movement accepted that they have been thoroughly rumbled, and to find some more productive area in which to expend their energies.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 21st August 2020
I assume that Richard Landolt's rose tinted spectacles are prescribed by teachers moonlighting from awarding inflated A grades to all their favourite pupils, as he is clearly unable, unlike Beatrice, to see a church by daylight.
The European political class, and their nomenklatura have spent their entire careers promoting the European project, and they are not going to admit its failure anymore than diehard Stalinists were to admit that of the Soviet system. In order to keep their show on the road they have been prepared to throw anyone under the wheels of that famous bus which Europhiles declared we must not miss, as evidenced by the massive unemployment foisted upon the younger generation in the southern EU states, particularly Spain, and the overriding of democracy which occurred both in Greece and in Italy, when unelected Gauleiters were appointed to run democratic countries.
Has Mr Landolt forgotten the ballyhoo which greeted the advent of the single currency, when so much was promised, and yet which delivered only misery for all those nations trapped inside a system orientated towards the interests of Germany, and which would inevitably render asymmetrical events disastrous to those countries which they afflicted, as they were unable to allow exchange rates to compensate. He clearly does not understand that the latest wheeze dreamt up by the federalists to keep their show on the road is in fact a doomed attempt to hold that single currency together, as once the latter collapses, the whole EU project will certainly follow. The Coronavirus Rescue Fund is nothing of the sort for the hard pressed nations of Southern Europe, as, at best, it offers only a possible stimulus of 1.4 percent of Europe's GDP by 2024, merely a fleabite compared to the amount that is needed now to make any real difference. We may thank our lucky stars, and the good sense of the British people, that we are no longer part of this failing organisation, as we have avoided being on the hook for a vast contribution to this so called rescue fund, at a time when we must look to saving our own economy.
I don't expect that we will wake up one morning to hear that the EU collapsed overnight, but what we are witnessing is a slow motion car crash, which may allow the organisation to stagger on for a few more years, before it becomes obvious to all that it has joined previous failed projects such as the Latin Monetary Union, a 19th-century system that unified several European currencies into a single currency, established in 1865 and finally abandoned in 1927.
As far his comments about the UK are concerned it is obviously right that the Celtic nations should, if they so wish, be granted full independence, but the latter must not involve the English continuing to pay their bills. I would point out that the Welsh actually joined the English in voting for Brexit, that co-operation between Belfast and Dublin is a good, not a bad thing, while the Scots voted No in the referendum for Scottish independence, as I suspect that the latter know which side their bread is buttered. It would be a pity if the UK were to breakup, but we will survive in much better shape than the EU will be in in years to come.
Kent Messenger - 20th August 2020
While we continue to fight an invisible physical enemy we in the UK, and the USA, must now turn our attention to a growing threat to free speech and democracy which has arisen, and must be defied and defeated if our way of life is to survive, namely the rise of political correctness seeking to corrupt our language, criminalise those who refuse to bend the knee, literally in some cases, and allow a group of morons, and arrogant ideologues, to gain power in our nation. Vociferous campaigns about, inter alia, gender identification, the destruction of cultural artefacts such as statues, prohibited language, trigger warnings, safe spaces and no platforming in universities, and anthropological climate change, all demonise anyone who dares to question the underlying premises.
The advocates of this ideology are convinced of their own moral superiority, for, as they claim to denounce all evils such as world hunger, or gender inequality, they believe that they obviously must be better than anyone else, and therefore have the right to direct the affairs of the nation. They are a self selecting elite, who do not require courage, intelligence or strength to belong, but are merely prepared to declare themselves supportive of every last one of the lunatic ideas they promulgate. They hate wealth, or personal success, regarding such things as the result of injustice somewhere in society, although they are not really sure where. Who cares if they can just denounce them anyway? They are great ones for demanding rights, but are not keen on responsibility, as this conflicts with their right to be unaccountable, otherwise they might be required to justify their views intellectually, rather than just by shouting down anyone who disagrees with them.
Much of the blame for this ridiculous state of affairs can be laid at the door of that most rotten of decades, the 1960s. So many of those who thought of themselves as the 'flower children', still seek to hang on to their youth by trying to retain the unthinking attitudes of arrested adolescents. They have never grown up, but unfortunately have achieved positions in politics, the media, education and the Church, which gives them the chance to influence society in the malign way their stupid ideas demand. In truth there is nothing more bullying, victimised, irresponsible, and hypocritical than these imbeciles. They are self important, miserable, undisciplined, and are constantly demanding satisfaction. Their ideology is one of sanctimonious, snivelling, spoilt children, and they should be treated as the half educated morons they are.
It is clear that we now need an active campaign to turn back the tide of nonsense threatening to sweep away all that is decent in our society.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 14th August 2020
Anthony Howell's attack on Boris Johnson clearly illustrates how infuriated those who have supported the cosy consensus politics of the past are to see a government which is basically in tune with the wishes of the majority of the people, something I cannot recall being true since the Attlee administration. Boris has ensured that the result of the Brexit referendum will be implemented, something which the political establishment spent three years trying to overturn by stealth, while his concern for the inequalities present in our country at last offers hope to the working class of the North, which has been shamefully neglected by the London centric elite of all the main parties.
Boris has appointed some excellent ministers, particularly Priti Patel whose views on penal policy, the EU and immigration are far closer to the opinions of the ordinary person than almost all of her predecessors, while he has not been afraid to promote on merit, without regard for ethnic origins, Ms Patel and Rishi Sunak being cases in point, proving that he is in fact the very antithesis of the kind of bigot his opponents make him out to be.
I doubt that anyone, faced by the coronavirus crisis could have been totally successful in responding, without some mistakes being made, but I would be interested to know who Mr Howell thinks would have handled the situation better. Jeremy Corbyn and Diane Abbot perhaps?
At a time when so many of our cherished liberties are threatened by the antics of the politically correct mob on social media, in the universities, and even the Church, whose ridiculous demands are too often acceded to by authorities who should stand firm, we need a common-sense government which will not yield to such nonsense. Boris is better fitted to do this than any of his opponents.
Kent Messenger - 13th August 2020
There may a case that the response to the coronavirus crisis is erring too much on the side of caution, but the rhetoric used by Miss V Hemsley-Flint is absurdly hyperbolic.
To call a government led by Boris authoritarian is ridiculous, as even those of us who support him feel that at times he is too inclined to lack firmness on certain issues. As far as describing the police as the Gestapo is concerned I can only assume that Miss Hemsley-Flint knows little of the reality. The Gestapo was not an organisation of bumbling incompetents, as portrayed to comic effect by Herr Flick in 'Allo, Allo', but was comprised of swine who would kill a child in front of its mother, and herd innocents to an undeserved death. That poor old Boris and Matt Hancock can be regarded as sadistic manifestations of Big Brother is also preposterous, as they have both suffered from the virus, and are clearly anxious to spare people from the same experience.
If Miss Hemsley-Flint wishes to put herself at risk by not wearing a mask then that is her decision, but she should not criticise those who are bearing a great responsibility in the overblown way she has chosen to do.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 31st July 2020
I suppose Steve Barrass deserves some sort of award for stubborn perseverance in the face of reality, although it would need to be in the category of 'there's none so blind who will not see'.
He advocates being a full participant in the European idea, despite the fact that it would be the equivalent of jumping onto a bus just as it was about to plunge over Beachy Head. He clearly does not understand that the latest wheeze dreamt up by the federalists to keep their show on the road is in fact a doomed attempt to hold the single currency together, as once the latter collapses, the whole EU project will certainly follow. The Coronavirus Rescue Fund is nothing of the sort for the hard pressed nations of Southern Europe, as, at best, it offers only a possible stimulus of 1.4 percent of Europe's GDP by 2024, merely a fleabite compared to the amount that is needed now to make any real difference.
We may thank our lucky stars, and the good sense of the British people, that we are no longer part of this failing organisation, as we have avoided being on the hook for a vast contribution to this so called rescue fund, at a time when we must look to saving our own economy. We now have the opportunity to implement such measures as free ports, and policies to help small farmers and fishermen, all previously restricted by EU rules. An active regional policy, something banned by EU rules, will also help even up the differences between the North and the South, as promised by Boris at the last election. The prospect of a No Deal is not one to be feared, but welcomed, as it would ensure that we had a clear, and final break, with rule by Brussels bureaucrats, and end, once and for all, interference by the politically driven European Court of Justice.
Once it becomes obvious to even the most blinkered European government that the EU is truly spitting into the wind, the whole federalist project will fall apart. Unfortunately for Mr Barrass he will then have to find another hapless enterprise to support. Perhaps the resurrection of Soviet communism might appeal to him?
Kent Messenger - 6th August 2020
The government is being criticised for reimposing quarantine on those returning from Spain, yet many of those castigating this decision would no doubt have attacked the authorities had they done nothing, resulting in a significant rise in coronavirus cases. It is easy to lambaste Boris with the benefit of hindsight, but I challenge critics to name whom they think would have been one hundred per cent successful in dealing with this crisis.
The last time a comparable pestilence appeared, over one hundred years ago, the government was not faced with the know it all hysterics of Twitter, or a national media always seeking to condemn its actions, however justified the latter may have been. No doubt some things could have been handled better, but, given the circumstances, Boris and his ministers have done as well as any government could have been expected to do.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 31st July 2020
Although, in response to the attack by Anthony Hoskins on my contention that progressive education is damaging to pupils, I provided evidence to support my claims he merely dismisses such. Does he really expect me to name individuals who would suffer the consequences if they were exposed as opposing the educational establishment, which would not tolerate such apostasy in their ranks? It is not an opinion, but a fact, that remedial courses exist to bring many undergraduates up to the standard necessary to pursue their chosen degree.
I make no claim that children have feeble brains, but point out that anyone can be brainwashed, and the younger the victim the more effective it will be. Again, I did not say that racism was subjective, but that the propaganda being used by the progressives is certainly so. It seems likely that Mr Hoskin must have been one of those subjected to progressive education, judging by his inability to read opposing arguments correctly.
Turning to Tim Wilson, I doubt that anyone, even Bertrand Russell, was wrong about everything, although in the latter's case he was about most things. I certainly did not say that all academics are Marxists, but very many are, and, as I pointed out before, lists of such are easily available on the internet. I also did not sneer at undergraduates, as I consider them to be the victims, not the perpetrators, of the failures of the educational system.
Mr Wilson's praise of universities has been somewhat undermined by the recently announced sensible decision by the government to end the commitment to send half of all youngsters to college. Since it was conceived by Tony Blair this misguided policy has not merely cost the taxpayers an enormous amount, but has misled children into taking on large debts, very often to no purpose, the so called benefits of a degree often being nothing more than a chimera. The effects on higher education has been disastrous, particularly combined with the absurd decision of the Major government to turn polytechnics into universities, which has led to the existence of too many universities, focused on earning sufficient tuition fees to survive, offering ludicrous degrees in subjects which will be of no use in the workplace, while a clear reduction of standards has been evident.
I do not understand what makes Mr Wilson believe that I am in any way embittered, or expect deference. As a working class boy I was lucky enough to receive a good education at a 1950s state grammar school, which led on to a decent career. What angers me is that, while public schools still offer a similar level of education, too many state schools are failing their pupils, particularly those from the working class, who are used as part of a social experiment by what has frequently been referred to, even by leading politicians, as the educational 'blob'.
I suspect that both Mr Hoskin and Mr Wilson are supporters of that particular phenomenon.
Kent Messenger - 23rd July 2020
The government is to be congratulated on ending the commitment to send half of all youngsters to university. Since it was conceived by Tony Blair this misguided policy has not merely cost the taxpayers an enormous amount, but has misled children into taking on large debts, very often to no purpose, the so called benefits of a degree often being nothing more than a chimera. The effects on the higher education has been disastrous, particularly combined with the absurd decision of the Major government to turn polytechnics into universities, which has led to the existence of too many universities, focused on earning sufficient tuition fees to survive, offering ludicrous degrees in subjects which will be of no use in the workplace, while a clear reduction of standards has been evident.
When I left my grammar school in the early 1960s the vast majority of my fellow students, having completed their A levels, began employment in banking, the civil service or commerce where training, or apprenticeships led on to fulfilled careers. The number going on to universities was small, and largely confined to those needing further education for such occupations as doctors, lawyers or scientists. As far as the universities were concerned the academic demands were high, and those who actually achieved a first very small, unlike today. This devaluing of standards has meant that anyone achieving a good second fifty years ago would now be regarded as a relative failure, compared to the absurd numbers of firsts currently granted. The idea, propounded by the educational establishment, that today's children are more intelligent, or better prepared for university than hitherto, are risible, and only serve to deceive youngsters into taking on courses for which they are unsuited.
If the government fulfils its promises to provide far more opportunities for apprenticeships, or other on the job training, this would offer much better prospects to future generations than wasting time and money on substandard universities. The argument that the latter at least allowed developing minds to be opened to different concepts, and a more sophisticated view of the world, have of course become irrelevant, as the intolerant atmosphere of modern campuses, where no platforming, trigger warnings and other similar asinine absurdities, have undermined the concept of free speech, and ended the idea of open debate, which once was a cornerstone of the whole purpose of education. One hardly needs mention those universities such as Cambridge, which now chase after fashionable opinions to the extent that they are becoming a laughing stock.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 10th July 2020
I assume that Anthony Hoskin would require official opinion polls, and signed statements, before he would accept that most children liked chocolate, and would reject empirical evidence, as it is the information received by means of the senses, particularly by observation and documentation of patterns, rather than endless sociological surveys.
To answer his questions in turn. That our education system has been undermined by progressive methods can be seen by examining outcomes, or as Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount "Ye shall know them by their fruits". While there are obviously many brilliant students, as for example those who amaze us all in University Challenge, there are so many more who, through no fault of their own, display vast gaps in their knowledge. Bertrand Russell said: "Men are born ignorant, not stupid; they are made stupid by education" and, in academic language, the progressive school is a place where children go, not primarily to learn, but to carry on a way of life. Rather than teach history students about dynastic wars, significant individuals , or economic trends, children are asked to empathise with a peasant living at the time. This is to use schools as social indoctrination centres, and to neglect empirical facts and education in hard subjects like math and logic, in favour of subjective propaganda about social "causes" like racism, misogyny, economic inequality, and global warming. Children are easily influenced by authority figures, so it's easy to brainwash whole generations if you can catch them early enough. That's what progressive schools are for, not to teach any useful skills, but to socialise children into the pseudo liberal way of thinking before they're capable of critical thought.
It began in the 1910s and 1920s, as, when the socialist revolution failed to materialise beyond the Soviet Union, Marxist thinkers like Georg Lukacs declared that culture and religion blunted the proletariat's desire to revolt, and the solution was that Marxists should carry out a "long march through the institutions" of universities and schools, government bureaucracies and the media, so that cultural values could be progressively changed from above. The result has been that, as a friend who is a professor at a leading London university, has told me, many students, on first arriving, must be given remedial courses before they can begin the degree proper, yet are fully indoctrinated in so called progressive views.
If Mr Hoskin wishes to see a list of Marxist professors at our universities there are such available on the internet, while the revelations that a key leader of the anti Semitic BLM movement has stated that "Capitalism is terrorism", and that Churchill was an evil man, show how the far left is the inspiration for such organisations.
I think that those who write letters to newspapers, or ring radio programmes, might find it surprising that to state an opinion is somehow unacceptable, and I suggest that, in future, Mr Hoskin confines his reading to those who agree with him. Yours faithfully,
Kent Messenger - 9th July 2020
Contrary to the belief of Michael Charles I both understand, and support, the need for the media to hold power to account. However this requires that the media is not itself following a partisan agenda, which is clearly not the case with the BBC.
As far as the coronavirus crisis is concerned the obvious intention of the organisation is to present the government in a bad light, whatever the latter attempts to do. If lockdown is imposed interviewers raise alarms about the economic effects, while if it is lifted, the complaint is that lives are being put at risk, so Boris is damned if he does, and damned if he doesn't.
Turning to Brexit the BBC was blatant in its opposition to the Leave campaign in the run-up to the referendum, every current affairs programme, or discussion, being heavily loaded against those who supported leaving, audiences being clearly full of Remainers, while even comedy programmes took the same line, mocking the ordinary person who did not subscribe to the left liberal view. There was a nasty class based bias evident, as the wishes of the working classes, particularly those from the North, were derided as the product of ignorance, or prejudice, not a reaction to the negative results of EU membership experienced by those involved.
This pro EU zealotry has continued to the present. Those high priests of Remain, Kenneth Clarke, and Michael Heseltine are constantly wheeled out, despite the fact that the former is condescending, and patronising, towards those who dare to disagree with him on the EU, while the latter, if asked about the effects of heavy rain, would contrive, within the first few sentences to blame Brexit for bad weather, being both blinkered and unable to accept a democratic decision. Individual presenters have even been slapped on the wrist by the BBC for their obvious bias, but of course they continue, brazenly ignoring facts, as they parrot the opinions of their elitist peer group.
When one adds to this many other issues, such the one sided treatment accorded to those discussing climate change, where no opinion contrary to that of Greta Thunberg and her acolytes, is considered valid, one can see that the BBC lost its way many years ago, and is now no more than the mouthpiece of the liberal elite. As such it needs root and branch reform.
Kent Messenger - 2nd July 2020
Alan King is correct in his comments on the way extremists are playing a part in the BLM movement, and those, including the police, who chose to 'take a knee' should be aware of the nature of some of the aims of the organisation.
Not only do they wish to see an end to capitalism, which is a recipe for the impoverishment of everyone, they also call for the withdrawal of funding of the police, which would very quickly lead to anarchy, where the most vulnerable would go to the wall.
However the worst issue is the degree of anti semitism shown by many of the BLM supporters. Any competent student of history knows that the political spectrum is not linear, but circular, and that the far left, and far right meet, having much in common, being humourless and totalitarian, which inevitably lead to the creation of secret police, concentration camps and, always, an irrational hatred of Jewish people. In Paris a feature of a BLM rally was chanting of 'Dirty Jews', while a BLM supporting American rapper said of Jews 'all you have to do is stand up to them, and their little game is over'.
Of course ethnic minorities have genuine grievances which must be addressed, and the majority of those supporting BLM, are sincere and idealistic. However uncritical approval of the organisation, as evidenced by a great deal of media coverage, risks allowing those with much more sinister agendas to flourish. No sensible person would argue with the slogan 'Black Lives Matter', but so do Jewish lives, and indeed, all lives.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 26th June 2020
Unlike much of the national media the Courier has always shown a balance in the letters it publishes from members of the public. Obviously this is unacceptable to Malcolm Jenner, who would probably prefer if only those missives reflecting the views of so called progressives were printed.
As far as his defence of the BBC is concerned I remember when, in the 1940s, that organisation was venerated for the role it played during the war when, with Churchill, it truly 'Spoke for England'. For many years one would always trust its news output, and saw no obvious bias in its reporting.
Regrettably this is no longer true, the one sided views of its presenters being so egregious as to be almost laughable, were the situation not so serious. The manner in which it almost openly opposed Brexit, the unquestioning support it gives to the most extreme of climate change activists, and now the blatant attempt to demonise the government concerning the dreadful coronavirus crisis, where, by the use of hindsight, it tries to undermine everything Boris Johnson attempts to do, the aggressive, indeed hate filled, questioning we see night after night during the briefings being a disgrace.
The BBC does not represent the nation, but merely the prejudices of the denizens of Islington and Hampstead and it is well past time for root and branch reform of the organisation.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 26th June 2020
The majority of those taking part in the recent protests are understandably reacting to the deplorable action which resulted in the death of George Floyd, but their choice of targets is largely mistaken.
Churchill inspired the defeat of the worst racist regime the world has ever seen, Lincoln led the Union side in a Civil War which cost over 600,000 American lives, and ended slavery, while Gandhi gave the right of self government to hundreds of millions of Indians, yet all their statues have been defaced by false accusations of racism. Baden-Powell spoke of scouting as a brotherhood which disregards differences in class, creed, colour and country, and Cecil Rhodes, although no saint, campaigned against the disenfranchisement of black people, asserting the right of all literate men, of whatever colour, to vote, yet now these historical figures are accused of being unmitigated racists.
These kind of uninformed claims are the result of an inferior education system, which has been undermined by so called progressive methods, while those who do make it to university have endured brainwashing by the Marxist dons who dominate the latter institutions.
Those people who clearly believe in their cause should beware of the sinister figures who lie behind many of the protest movements in the West, seeking much more than the righting of a wrong, but are instead following a Marxist agenda aimed at overthrowing our liberal societies in the name of an ideology which has caused ten of millions of deaths since it was first loosed upon the world.
Kent Messenger - 25th June 2020
I am amazed at the patience shown by government ministers during the daily coronavirus briefings.
They are confronted by many journalists, particularly those from the broadcast media, who are self righteous, arrogant, aggressive and clearly following their own political agenda. These people use hindsight to criticise policies, constantly impugn the motives of the government, and present every action taken in a negative light.
That the BBC's director of radio and education should claim that his organisation is so free of bias even a Martian could see it is laughable. As a former councillor in Islington he may believe such nonsense, but, as anyone living outside the heartland of the metropolitan, pro Remain, elite can see, the BBC is totally dominated by those whose political views are completely opposed to the wishes of the electorate. These so called liberals will never understand, nor accept, that those who voted to leave the EU, and to make Boris the Prime Minister, clearly represent the majority of the British people.
I know from conversations with friends that the behaviour of such bigoted commentators disgusts many, as no effort is made to present an unbiased attitude, or to make a genuine attempt to elicit important information.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 19th June 2020
Although we are obviously focused on the coronavirus crisis we must not lose sight of the way in which our opponents are seeking to use the distraction it provides to gain advantages over us.
The EU negotiators are attempting to delay any trade agreement in the hope that the government will extend the period allowed for talks in order that we will be tied into their restrictive systems for much longer, giving them the opportunity to continue plundering our fish stocks, and permitting European judges to interfere with our sovereign rights to make our own agreements with other nations. Indeed some no doubt hope that, if they can delay long enough, they might find a Europhile party winning a general election, and reversing Brexit altogether.
The greater enemy, and I think it is not wrong to describe them as an enemy, is not the Chinese people, but the Chinese Communist Party. We have seen how their tolerance of wet markets, combined with a deliberate cover up of the danger posed by the virus, led to the disaster with which we are now dealing. That country has now compounded its deplorable behaviour by applying tariffs to Australian products because the latter dared to sponsor an inquiry as to the source of the pestilence, while it has announced that, should it develop a vaccine, it would be denied to the West. It is also clear that the CCP clearly intends to break its promises over Hong Kong, crushing democracy in that city, while it is increasingly threatening Taiwan with military force.
These facts provide a reason for the West to completely change its attitude towards China, as the idea that engaging them in the world's economic system would lead to them becoming less aggressive has been shown to be false. Under no circumstances should we allow them into our IT systems, should reject all further attempts to engage in changes to our infrastructure, and most important of all we must bring back manufacturing to this country, as we are far too reliant on Chinese products, which can be withheld at a moment's notice.
America has shown resolution in confronting the CCP, and it is surely time that we in the UK joined our allies in the USA, and in Australasia, in drawing a line in the sand. Our local MP has rightly used his position as Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, to address this matter, and we need such strong voices to raise the alarm, and put an end to appeasement.
The Chinese may protest, and threaten, but the survival of our liberal, free societies is at stake.
Kent Messenger - 18th June 2020
Mike Armstrong speaks for those irreconcilable Remainers who will never accept the result of the EU referendum, at least until the inevitable collapse of the Euro pulls down the entire organisation, and there is nothing left to remain in, or rejoin. They are comparable to those who still belong to the Flat Earth Society, in that they refuse to face reality.
Michel Barnier and his cronies are aiming to delay any trade agreement in the hope that the government will extend the period allowed for talks in order that we will be tied into their restrictive systems for much longer, giving them the opportunity to continue plundering our fish stocks, and permitting European judges to interfere with our sovereign rights. So far the UK government has treated them with the contempt they deserve, and I trust that this will continue to be the case, as to retreat over fishing rights would be to betray those working in one of the most dangerous jobs in the country, to extend the negotiating period into 2021 would render us liable for the massive demands for payments the Brussels bureaucrats are proposing for the future, and leaving the members of their very own Juke Box Jury, masquerading as the European Court of Justice, interfering in our affairs, would make it impossible for us to conclude trade deals with other nations around the world. All this would render Brexit nothing more than a hollow shell.
As far as his assertion about going it alone is concerned this is risible, as we continue to be the centre of the Commonwealth, the fountainhead of the Anglosphere, and the world language, and the possessor of historical commercial links around the world. The potential of trade with the USA, India, Australia,South Africa etc. makes clear that the negative trade balance we experience with the EU is something without which we can manage very well.
Kent Messenger - 11th June 2020
The hypocrisy of the left liberal elite when attacking Dominic Cummings is breathtaking. While trying to claim the moral high ground Labour spokespeople defend Steven Kinnock, who also travelled hundreds of miles during lockdown to visit his family, while the Scottish first minister at first tried to retain her associate who had visited her second home, a true breach of the regulations.
The reality is that these people hate Dominic Cummings and Boris Johnson for their major roles in achieving Brexit, the first real defeat the chattering classes have suffered for decades. A baying herd of journalists chose to inflate the matter in order to undermine the PM, and the government, while ignoring the real issues such as Chinese culpability for the coronavirus crisis. In this they have as their cheerleader the BBC, whose bias is obvious, the expression on the face of their presenters at the time of the referendum, and the general election, making clear where their loyalties lie, and their totally slanted reporting being a disgrace from a supposedly neutral national broadcaster.
The true driving force behind this are the continuing attempts by the establishment to undermine, and if possible reverse Brexit, and has nothing to do with the facts of the case.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 5th June 2020
No one should be deceived by the tone of moral outrage expressed by those seeking the downfall of Dominic Cummings, as this was a quality noticeably lacking when Stephen Kinnock also drove a considerable distance to see his family, and yet is welcomed into the shadow cabinet by Keir Starmer.
The reality is that both Cummings and Boris Johnson are hated by the left liberal elite because of their major contribution to Brexit, the first significant defeat the liberal establishment has suffered for decades. In this the latter is supported by their cheerleaders in much of the national media, in particular the BBC, whose one sided reporting on so many issues has been a disgrace, emanating from a supposedly neutral national broadcaster. When the electorate has shown time and again that they do not support the policies espoused by the metropolitan chattering classes, we have seen the slanted coverage, and clear bias of presenters constantly belittling popular opinion in favour of their blinkered views.
Cummings is a true iconoclast who, apart from wishing to free the UK from the dead hand of the Brussels bureaucrats, also wants to remove the stifling incompetence of our own own apparatchiks, who have presided over so many failures to properly exploit the creativity of the British people, allowing others to develop ideas, and inventions, first conceived in the UK. He has the potential to help ensure that our economic future can be bright, if his ambitions for the country are not undermined by those preferring to look backward. It is unsurprising that the ranks of bureaucrats who prefer complacency, and a quiet life, wish to see him gone.
It is also worth noting that both legal authorities, and the police force responsible for Durham, have concluded that Mr Cummings was not guilty of any illegal act.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 30th May 2020
At a time when brave NHS workers and others are risking their lives the teachers' unions are making unreasonable demands, deliberately preventing the reopening of schools. This in no way reflects on the courage and dedication of teachers, but shows just how their union leaders are continuing to pursue their rigid, politically motivated, agenda whatever the consequences.
As one who has been a lifelong trade union member, and was a branch official for many years, I have always regarded the function of unions is to protect members jobs, while ensuring that their wages are fair, and that working conditions are good. It is not to attempt to force employers to follow an agenda which arises from a particular political ideology, which moreover may not be shared by those the union claims to represent.
Over the years we have seen teachers' unions, inter alia, oppose selection, promote so called progressive theories of education, and try to undermine meaningful examinations, all in the name of supposed egalitarian ideals. The result has been a constant deterioration in standards, where large numbers of students have been misled into undertaking, and paying for, a university education for which they were unsuited, while eschewing a vocational path, which offers a better career to those less academically inclined.
This opposition to efforts to restarting the schools is not a result of a concern for teachers' well being, but is just another front in the union leaders' battle to undermine a government whose political philosophy they reject. In doing so they deprive those children who need the state schools, while leaving the children of those who can afford private education untouched. Of course this means little to these ideologues, whose pretended concern for the working class take second place to achieving their political aims.
Kent Messenger - 29th May 2020
Ralph Tebbutt is living in a dream world if he believes in a socialist utopia. With the exception of the democratic socialism practised by Clement Attlee's government after the war, when it was run by those who really prioritised the interests of the working class, socialist governments have been a disaster wherever they have been tried. One only has to look at Venezuela, which, despite possessing the greatest oil reserves on the planet, is an economic basket case, thanks to its socialist leaders, or Zimbabwe, where so called socialist ideals reduced the bread basket of sub Saharan Africa to an economic desert.
Centrally planned economies always fail because they operate against the grain of human nature, are incapable of forecasting supply and demand correctly and, when they are clearly not succeeding, their governments always resort to coercion. Unbridled capitalism is not desirable, but the answer does not lie with the ideologues of the Left, who, when they find that the world does not fit in with their theories, try to force the former to change, rather than accepting that the latter ideas are wrong.
When Michael Steed seeks to blame Brexit for our current problems he clearly does not realise that the members of the EU have unsurprisingly shown themselves to be concerned for their own people, not the interests of a putative European superstate, while he also does not recognize that it was the military, not NHS managers, that we have to thank for the Nightingale hospitals.
What is obvious is that those who support the theories of the Left espoused by the intelligentsia, not the working class, are trying to use the coronavirus emergency to advance policies which have been rejected time and again by the electorate.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 22nd May 2020
A Fry is absolutely correct in his comments on the failures of NHS managers during the current epidemic, who present such a contrast to the heroic efforts of the real health workers. Over the past few years we have seen the growth of a managerial culture which has taken over most of the public sector, against the interests of the vast majority of the population, who are excluded from this magic circle, but suffer the consequences of their actions.
Everywhere we look we see that whole layers of management have appeared who have no useful function, sucking the life from, and undermining the efficient administration of, public bodies. How often do we hear of senior managers, in local government, in privatised utilities or in bodies such as the NHS, the BBC and the transport industry, who are paid obscene salaries, completely out of line with the vast majority of their staff, who receive massive golden handshakes and golden goodbyes, who enjoy payoffs even when they have failed and who appoint each other to these lucrative positions, with no thought for the effect their selfish greed has on the country. That most have no knowledge of the organisations they infest but merely bring a supposed 'managerial ability' to them causes endless problems and destroys the very expertise which once distinguished such bodies.
Where once loyalty and competence were awarded the new managerial class want to ensure that no one remains within their organisations whose technical knowledge shows up the managers as largely useless passengers, so medical staff are ignored and disposed of in the NHS, expert railwaymen are unwelcome in their own industry, senior figures in education have no experience or real ability in teaching, and the ordinary members of the police force are misdirected by their politically correct superiors. When I joined the Civil Service in the early 1960s one knew that those in senior ranks had long experience of the tasks required, and a real knowledge of the organisation. Now senior managers come in at a high level, and take decisions which often have disastrous consequences, not least in the field of public expenditure.
Obviously no government of any complexion in a mixed economy can correct this situation throughout every organisation but there are large areas where a radical overhaul is possible and which would surely be welcomed by the majority of hard working people, who are sick of watching this layer of incompetents taking so much, while undermining the conditions under which most work. Clearly the Civil Service and local government can be influenced directly while much could be done via the public watchdogs on organisations such as the utilities and transport systems. Above all it requires a moral example which would ensure that the good of the nation and of its people takes priority over personal interests.
The national bodies which have proved themselves to be efficient and competent in this crisis are the Armed Forces, one area where expertise and commitment to the tasks undertaken are the main priority. The rest of the public sector has much to learn from their example.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 15th May 2020
How dare Adrienne Fitzwilliam accuse me of insulting care workers when I yield to no one in my admiration for, and gratitude to, these heroes and heroines.
My comments were aimed at those in the national media, who have made it their ambition to undermine the hope for better times that we must all feel if we are to overcome this vile virus. These people seem to believe that their function is to make the news, not report it, while many imagine that they are emulating Woodward and Bernstein in exposing the machinations of a guilty government, when in fact they are merely spreading despondency, rather like Private Frasier in Dad's Army, with his mantra of 'We're all doomed!'. No matter what the authorities do these pessimists criticise, either saying that they haven't taken one course of action, or that they have taken the wrong course, or that they were right in what they did but too late. Easy comments to make in hindsight, and without responsibility for making decisions.
From her comment on Brexit it is clear just where Adrienne Fitzwilliam's political loyalties lie, and I doubt that there is anything that Boris could do which she would not attack as being wrong.
Kent Messenger - 14th May 2020
David Topple misunderstands the reason for possessing nuclear weapons, as it is not in order to use them on others, but to deter our enemies from using them on us. If the democracies of the UK, USA, France and Israel did not hold such, ideological dictatorships such as China, theocratic regimes such as Iran, and paranoid despots such as the Kim dynasty in North Korea, would long ago have given us the choice of submission to their demands or destruction. Indeed Israel would probably have been given no choice but the latter.
Does Mr Topple really believe that, had Hitler or Stalin obtained nuclear bombs before the democracies, they would not have used them to win world domination.
Certainly we need to spend more on protecting ourselves from disease, but not at the expense of our freedom.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 8th May 2020
Steve Barrass is directing his ire against completely the wrong targets, as the governments of the UK and the USA have been doing their best to deal with a disaster of biblical proportions, while he offers praise to the true culprit.
Ignoring more sinister explanations the most likely origin of this plague is in the Chinese wet markets, which their government has tolerated, despite constant warnings of the dangers of so doing. When the existence of the coronavirus became clear that government then sought to suppress details, even persecuting doctors who tried to alert the world to the outbreak. Had they warned the world immediately the virus could have been suppressed. Since then the same governing party has employed all the black arts of propaganda to attempt to deflect blame onto others. The leadership he admires is in fact nothing more than the instinctive reaction of totalitarian despots when found culpable of despicable behaviour.
Where I do agree with him is that we must bring back manufacturing to this country, but we should also prevent China from having any part in our IT systems, and infrastructure, while severely limiting travel between that country and the West. The idea that engaging with them would lead to them gradually adopting the ideals of liberal democracy have been shown to be false, and it is time we in the West stood up to their bullying. Our futures depend on not appeasing this dictatorship.
Kent Messenger - 7th May 2020
We have long been accustomed to many cyclists, with their arrogant assumption that they are somehow morally superior to motorists, choosing to believe that the rules of the road do not apply to them, as they ride on pavements, without lights or ignoring traffic lights.
However they have now been equalled, indeed eclipsed, by those joggers who appear at one's elbow, sweating and panting, making no effort to observe any sort of social distancing. On country footpaths, or footbridges, they are impossible to avoid, so present a threat to those of us trying to take the exercise we need.
As there are currently no competitive races taking place, nor any prospect of any such in the near future, could these people either walk for exercise, or find a field which they can run round without approaching others?
Kent and Sussex Courier - 1st May 2020
Napoleon considered that the importance of the morale of an army was as to the physical as three to one, and, during the last war, Churchill, while not afraid of telling the truth about the ordeal being faced by the nation, nevertheless inspired the British people with a certainty that they would win through.
Now in the current health crisis we have the commentariat, and indeed many politicians and scientists, apparently determined to offer nothing but despair. We are told, inter alia, that vaccines may never be found, that the lockdown may take years, and that we may expect successive viral peaks to afflict us. The BBC in particular follows is own depressing agenda, motivated by its opposition to almost anything the Johnson government is trying to do.
The need for hope even in the darkest hours is paramount, and it is time the negativity of these Jeremiahs was replaced by a positive message that humanity will overcome this foul disease, and that life will return to normal, albeit with changes made to ensure that we are better placed to face another such challenge in the future.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 24th April 2020
As one who has been placed in the category of extremely vulnerable to the virus I wish to express my thanks to, and admiration for, those who are doing so much to help. Not only do we have a neighbour who purchases food for us at the supermarket, but there is also a lady who has collected vital prescriptions for the pharmacy, while another neighbour, who has two small children, nevertheless goes off to work as a doctor every day, knowing that she is placing herself at risk. In addition so many unsung heroes are, among other things, keeping the lights on, the water flowing, the food shops open, and maintaining the postal system. All these people represent the best of our nation, and we shall be forever grateful to them.
As far as the comments made by Janet Sturgis are concerned I am not angry, but do feel passionately about many issues, hardly the same thing.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 17th April 2020
Today we see ordinary people, in the NHS, the essential services, the transport network, and elsewhere, acting as heroes, putting their lives at risk to help others. Yet unsurprisingly many of the chattering classes, particularly the commentariat in the national media, constantly criticise whatever the government is trying to do, with a negativity which undermines our morale at this critical time.
No one in authority has faced such a crisis since the Second World War, and it is impossible to see how they could have done other than they have, given that many of the deficiencies which are now apparent were in existence long before they came to power.
It is also contemptible that the new Leader of the Labour Party, and his shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds, should choose this time to attempt to refight the battles over Brexit, seeking to delay, or even reverse the final exit from the EU. We must all pull together in this emergency, and those who are unable to overcome their obsession with a matter which is now irrevocably decided should grow up, and join the national fight against this foul disease.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 3rd April 2020
Intellectually we all know that one day each of us will die, yet, emotionally most of us don't really believe it. Now we all find ourselves staring into eternity our petty squabbles seem as Macbeth says of life "a tale, told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing".
The crisis has exposed the utter stupidity of so many of the causes which, in only what seems like yesterday, exercised the Western world, and endless column inches were used discussing concepts which are now seen as the absurdities which they always were. The distortion of our national life to accommodate the demands of a vanishingly small group of gender activists, the attempted imposition of a version of 'Newspeak' in order avoid supposedly offending the sensibilities of over sensitive individuals, the toleration of eco-warriors, who, in the name of an unproven theory, disrupt normal activities, can now be seen as the nonsense they always were.
The ridiculous actions by over privileged and ignorant students to impose 'no platforming' and 'trigger warnings' now, exposed by the cold light of reason, are being treated with the contempt they deserve, while various fatuous celebrities, who have long treated us to their inane idiocies, whether it be to describe themselves in the plural, or to drone on about their 'woke' credentials, suddenly find that the reaction is no longer admiration, but a demand that they grow up, shut up, and try living in the real world. The true celebrities now are the NHS workers, the volunteers who are helping keep the vulnerable supplied with essentials, and those who are trying to ensure that services such as water, power and transport continue to run.
If we survive this crisis I am sure that those of us who hold strong views on such matters as Brexit, or climate change, will resume our disputes, but I hope that no-one feels that whatever I may have said, and may say, about opponents, is more important than the fact that we are all in this together.
I am thankful that at the time of crisis we have a Prime Minister who is not only a libertarian, but competent, with a solid working majority, and whose senior ministers appear to be efficient. If we had an incompetent leader we would be in great trouble, and anyone with authoritarian leanings would represent a future danger to our democracy, as the powers which have become necessary could very easily also become permanent. Like any of us Boris has his faults, but we must get behind him in this emergency.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 27th March 2020
Harold Macmillan is often quoted, quite possibly erroneously , as having said that what he feared most was "Events, dear boy, events". Even if he did not say this it has taken its place as one of the most famous of political statements, as it actually encompasses a great truth.
Now, out of the darkness, conjuring up our most basic atavistic fears and instincts, has arisen a plague which, in a few short weeks, has turned our world upside down, and, in so doing, has relegated many of the things which have dominated the headlines for years to secondary concerns, even environmental alarmism and Brexit.
Nevertheless, although the virus crisis is deadly serious, and a tragedy for those who die, it has exposed a number of realities which have been ignored for some time.
The effects on supply chains makes clear that off shoring production has gone too far, leaving us dependent on foreign imports for even vital materials, and should provoke a return to this country of domestic manufacture of such goods.
The other most obvious result is to give the lie to the idealistic, but foolish, belief that, when threatened, nations will put membership of organisations such as the EU before the interests of their own people. The closure of European borders now taking place is quite understandable, laying bare the idiocy of the much trumpeted free movement principles supposedly so central to the European project, and the refusal of Germany to offer assistance to Italy with supplies of medical equipment shows that sauve qui peut, rather than one for all, and all for one, is the true watchword of the European project.
The choices facing the government are hard indeed, and those who constantly snipe from their armchairs should wake up to the fact that we must all pull together if we are to get through this emergency. It is easy to claim, when one has no responsibility to take decisions, that whatever measures are implemented are wrong, but now is the time for the kind of national solidarity we normally only see in wartime. The enemy is among us, and we must fight it shoulder to shoulder.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 20th March 2020
Your report on the dearth of grammar school places clearly shows that restrictions should be lifted, and that we return to the position as it was before so called progressives succeeded in closing down so many of these excellent schools.
When Attlee's great Labour government implemented the changes to the system in the 1940s it provided a means by which bright, working class children were able to receive a quality education, which led on to university, and decent careers. Both myself and my wife came from such backgrounds yet, by virtue of passing the 11 plus, were able to attend good grammar schools.
In the name of egalitarianism campaigners destroyed that system, and, by so doing, deprived those who could not afford public schools of the opportunities they might have enjoyed. As the liberal elite are now on the back foot, having been comprehensively defeated at the ballot box, there will not be a better time to revert to the position that existed before they interfered to the detriment of those from poorer homes.
Sunday Telegraph - 15th March 2020
Perhaps it is time to reprint the old wartime poster "Is your journey really necessary?"
Kent and Sussex Courier - 13th March 2020
I have no doubt that many people will be pleased by the court decision relating to a third runway at Heathrow, and as one who has not flown since 1968, I have no axe to grind on the specific issue.
However those who are pleased might reflect on the fact the the vociferous pressure group of extreme environmentalist, supported by a heavily politicised judiciary, has overturned a decision taken by our elected representatives.
The precedent set means that, in future, should the inhabitants of a town who desire that a by-pass be built, or an inadequate road upgraded, and have convinced their representatives at a local and national level that this should be done, they might find that nevertheless the project is blocked by unelected minority groups.
This can only be bad for democracy, as those who shout the loudest will override the wish of the silent majority.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 6th March 2020
It is unsurprising that Dr Alan Bullion, having failed in his efforts to subvert the democratic decision of the British people to leave the EU, should resort to directing sarcasm against those such as myself, who consistently, and successfully, pointed out the reasons why that choice should be honoured. Perhaps he would prefer that we all take the attitude of Voltaire's Dr Pangloss that "all is for the best in this best of all possible worlds", provided of course that one accepts that the wishes of the left liberals prevail.
So far at least the new government seems to be sticking to its promises vis-a-vis the EU, refusing to allow the European Court of Justice any jurisdiction over our affairs, rejecting the idea that we must accept EU diktats on standards, many of ours actually being superior to theirs, protecting our fishing grounds, and ending the suppression of working class wages by the import of unskilled labour.
It is ironic, but welcome, that a Conservative government should be defending the rights of hard working fishermen, and making clear to employers, who prefer to use cheap foreign labour rather than offering better wages and apprenticeships to indigenous workers, that they must mend their ways, while the Labour party is supporting those who wish to continue exploiting the latter.
As far as Dr Bullion's specifics are concerned I very much support NATO, the UN and the use of WTO terms for our future relations with the EU. I am optimistic that, if the government does not renege on its undertakings, we now have the opportunity for a much brighter future than beckoned before we left the sclerotic and declining EU.
Daily Mail - 26th February 2020
It is unsurprising that Priti Patel is the target of anonymous hostile briefings. For the first time in many years we have a Home Secretary whose views reflect those of the general public, so naturally they are anathema to the liberal elite, including the higher levels of the Civil Service.
I trust that Boris will back her against those who seek her downfall.
Times of Tonbridge - 12th February 2020
For a Remainer like John Reynolds to quote Kipling's 'If' in the context of Brexit is breathtakingly hypocritical. Far from those such as himself accepting defeat in the EU referendum they spent three years attempting to negate it, and now look set to emulate Achilles before the walls of Troy, by sulking in their tents for years to come.
The release of this country from the grip of arrogant, unelected Brussels apparatchiks is absolutely a matter for celebration, and has nothing to do with gloating over the minority who still support seeing the UK as a province, not a nation.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 31st January 2020
Although a minor matter in the great scheme of things the issue of Big Ben being sounded to celebrate the UK's departure from the EU illustrates the nature of those irreconcilable Remainers who are seeking to prevent such an event.
They prove themselves to be lacking in any understanding of the importance of such an historical moment for our country, very childish in stamping their feet at not getting their way, and totally undemocratic in their refusal to accept the decision taken by the British people. It is not surprising that such people support the EU, as that organisation's lack of respect for democracy mirrors their own.
I, and many others, will be celebrating on the night, whether or not the political establishment allows Big Ben to mark the occasion.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 24th January 2020
Brexit day, when we once again become an independent country, after over four decades of yielding control of our nation to the EU, is less than three weeks away.
There should be public celebrations to mark this momentous event, at least in the Leave supporting constituencies, such as Tonbridge and Malling, much as there was on VE day.
It should certainly be possible for beacons to be lit, and those churches possessing a peal of bells to ring them at 11:00 p.m. on the 31st January. For over three years the political class sought to frustrate the will of the people, and we have earned the right to salute the fact that they failed, and that Britain will once more be a sovereign democracy.
Kent Messenger - 23rd January 2020
Your correspondent Tony Banks is absolutely correct in his assessment of the matter of Big Ben being sounded to celebrate the UK's departure from the EU.
However what this issue also illustrates is the nature of those irreconcilable Remainers who are seeking to prevent such an event.
They prove themselves to be lacking in any understanding of the importance of such an historical moment for our country, very childish in stamping their feet at not getting their way, and totally undemocratic in their refusal to accept the decision taken by the British people.
It is not surprising that such people support the EU, as that organisation's lack of respect for democracy mirrors their own.
I, and many others, will be celebrating on the night, whether or not the political establishment allows Big Ben to mark the occasion.
Times of Tonbridge - 22nd January 2020
Brexit day, when we once again become an independent country, after over four decades of yielding control of our nation to the EU, is less than two weeks away.
There should be public celebrations to mark this momentous event, at least in the Leave supporting constituencies, such as Tonbridge and Malling, much as there was on VE day.
It should certainly be possible for beacons to be lit, and those churches possessing a peal of bells to ring them at 11:00 p.m. on the 31st January. For over three years the political class sought to frustrate the will of the people, and we have earned the right to salute the fact that they failed, and that Britain will once more be a sovereign democracy.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 10th January 2020
Barring an unlikely last minute betrayal the Battle of Brexit has been won, but the wider war against the metropolitan so called liberal elite is far from over. The pernicious opinions of these people have dominated the cultural and political life of our country since the 1960s, and they remain in positions of power, from whence they undermine our way of life.
Although a few still believe that they can derail a true Brexit, many have now switched to one of their other obsessions, namely climate change. The green fanatics would rather we all sat in unheated and unlit homes, while China and India continue to merrily open new coal fired power stations every week, than admit that their demands are unrealistic. They indulge in group think, and worship at the feet of a silly little girl, while ignoring those sensible adults who point out that anthropological global warming is not a proven fact, and seek to make reasonable changes, in a practical time frame, rather than shouting hysterically about climate emergencies.
They also advance the claims of those who seek to impose the desires of vanishingly small minorities upon the vast majority of the population, corrupting the whole idea of free speech in their efforts to close down debate. In this they are ably assisted by the bias displayed on the BBC, and other media outlets, while Marxist activists in the education system are brainwashing youngsters into believing that their twisted view of the world is correct. Their influence on penal policy has led to carnage on the streets of London, as criminals are appeased, rather than punished, and the police pursue thought crime as a priority.
This cultural war will be hard to win, but it must be fought if common sense is to be restored to the affairs of our nation.
Kent Messenger - 9th January 2020
The rump of Remainers who still persist in claiming, against all evidence to the contrary, that they did not lose the argument about EU membership, are similar to those few eccentrics who form the Flat Earth Society, fighting a cause which is irretrievably lost, although the latter do far less damage than those trying to sabotage our future as an independent nation.
The EU is similar in intent, although not in method, to all the previous attempts to create a single European state, from Napoleon's empire, through the fascist's New Order, and even, on a lesser scale, the 19th Latin Monetary Union, and, as always, it will fail. The ideal model for Europe is a continent of democratic nations, friendly, but not politically fused, yet still we see deranged attempts to force the disparate states into one unit, which would inevitably lead to internal conflict, and eventual disintegration.
This fate is now looming for the EU, as the single currency falls apart, and the interests of the Mediterranean nations prove to be incompatible with those of Germany, the maritime powers bordering the Atlantic differ from the landlocked East, and the cultural and political nature of such a diversity of countries cannot be reconciled.
Kipling, writing in 1897 of the eventual end of the British Empire, summed up the fate of all such vainglorious entities, which seem so permanent, then disappear into Trotsky's dustbin of history "Lo, all our pomp of yesterday, Is one with Nineveh and Tyre!". A fitting epitaph for the EU.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 3rd January 2020
The results of the general election confirm, if confirmation was needed, that the British people wish to leave the EU. Despite this a hard core of Remainers still refuse to accept the fact, and selfish obsessives like Gina Miller still imagine that she can use the courts to frustrate the will of the people, although it seems the government intends to implement legislation which will prevent such vexatious litigation.
That these people will not accept the result of democratic votes merely demonstrates that they are indeed natural supporters of the EU, the latter being an autocracy which is fundamentally undemocratic. In addition their desire for our country to be subsumed into a single European state makes clear that they lack a patriotic belief in their own nation.
As we begin to move back to being an independent, sovereign state once again one might have hoped that the Remainers would now join the vast majority seeking a brighter future, but unfortunately it seems that there are many who will never concede that they have lost the argument, not once, but twice. We must hope that they will soon disappear into irrelevancy, something which their beloved European Union will also do as its internal contradictions slowly tear it apart.
Times of Tonbridge - 31st December 2019
In 1946 Clement Attlee, Labour's greatest Prime Minister, admonished Harold Laski, Chairman of the Labour Party, with the pithy remark "a period of silence on your part would be welcome". This advice should be heeded by the rump of the Remainers, who believe either that they can still somehow prevent Brexit, or else create a 'rejoin' movement to reverse the decision to leave at a later date.
Given that the people have twice voted to Leave it is certain that such a party would not prosper while, in a few years time, the EU will in all probability have disintegrated, with perhaps only a few dependent satellite states of Germany remaining.
The Remainers should cease their carping and get behind their own country as it strikes out for a great and glorious future.
The Sun - 26th December 2019
As well as allowing Big Ben to sound would it not be appropriate to light a series of beacons across the country to celebrate our freedom from the EU?
Kent Messenger - 19th December 2019
Now that the alliance of Remainers, Marxists and metropolitan left liberals have been routed at the ballot box the government has a golden opportunity to return our country to the path it should never have left, and restore sense to our political system.
Obviously implementation of a clean Brexit must be the first priority, but there are other constitutional changes which should be made as soon as possible. The Fixed Term Parliament Act, which allowed the opposition parties to place Parliament in deadlock should be abolished, while the recommendations of the Electoral Commission regarding constituency boundaries must be put into effect, to prevent an unfair advantage being given to the opposition parties. In view of the success of the SNP Scotland a referendum on Scottish independences should be granted, on the clear understanding that if the Scots vote Leave, then they become a separate country, which we will not supply with funds.
The defences of the nation are in dire need of strengthening, in particular the Royal Navy requiring a significant number of new warships, and there must be enough coastal defence craft to ensure that we take back control of our fishing grounds.
The cultural Marxists, whose pernicious influence in our education system has led to youngsters being uninformed as to the realities of Communist rule, must be removed, while the BBC stables need cleansing, as the unbridled bias shown by the organisation is a national disgrace. Funding for Channel 4 should also be removed, as the bias shown thereon is often even worse than the BBC.
The use of Health and Safety zealots to interfere as they wish must be stopped, and the ridiculous targets demanded by the environmental lobby regarding energy supplies must be labelled as such, any necessary changes managed over a reasonable time, while the humourless bigots on social media, who take offence at every turn, moaning and nagging, should be completely ignored.
For the sake of those youngsters being stabbed in London on a daily basis, and for the safety of us all in the face of terrorist outrages, an end to soft penal policies is essential, and the police directed to fight crime, not police peoples' thoughts.
If even half these actions were to be taken Britain would return to being the country most of us love.
Daily Mail - 15th August 2019
By the time of the next general election the success of an independent Britain will expose the warnings of the Remainers to have been no more than tales told to frighten children.
Sunday Telegraph - 15th December 2019
Following this election, once the government has implemented Brexit, it has the opportunity to turn the country back to the path it should never have left, of being a truly global nation.
The idea of geographical proximity being a determining factor in international relations is outdated, its place taken by cultural affinity. Britain must now strengthen its ties with the English speaking worlds of the Anglosphere, and the Commonwealth, while leaving the EU to continue its decline to irrelevancy.
By the time of the next general election the success of an independent Britain will expose the warnings of the Remainers to have been no more than tales told to frighten children.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 13th November 2019
Richard Mountford describes Britain outside the EU as alone, as if this were 1940. In reality we will still be at the heart of the Commonwealth, an economic area with tremendous potential, the fountain head of the world language, a central part of the Anglosphere, containing, inter alia, the USA, Canada, India and Australia, the second most powerful military member of NATO, and one of the nations comprising the five eyes security network. Our geographical position puts us in an ideal place in the time zones for trade, and our maritime heritage enables us to look to the world, not just across the Channel. Contrary to his claims the facts about the nature of the EU being an autocratic, undemocratic and dysfunctional organisation have been well known for years, and have not just come to light.
The Northern Ireland issue is merely a red herring, raised by the EU in an attempt to derail Brexit, and presents no threat to the peace process, while, if the Scots wish to leave the UK, so be it, but the wishes of just over five million in Scotland must not be allowed to take precedence over those of more than sixty six million English.
As far as Richard Landolt's latest defence of Brussels is concerned the reason our political system has become risible is not due to Leavers, but to the fact that Remainers such as himself refuse to accept that they lost a democratic vote. His claims that I do not offer a better alternative are nonsense, given that I frequently point out that Britain is well placed to secure trade deals across the world, while remaining a leading member of NATO, and continuing as one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council. In contrast his beloved EU is heading for disaster, as recession beckons, and the Euro begins its inevitable decline.
Our country deserves better than to wither away as a subservient province of a single European state, as will be its fate if the Remainers get their way.
Kent Messenger - 5th December 2019
Although it comes as no surprise the election leaflet from the Liberal Democrats is breathtaking both in its arrogance, and in the way it makes clear the contempt in which it holds the ordinary citizen.
Despite the fact that a clear majority voted to leave the EU, in the greatest democratic exercise ever seen in these islands, this totally misnamed party demands that the will of the people be ignored, and Brexit be cancelled. One can only assume that had these people a favourite football team in the FA Cup Final which lost, they would just demand that it nevertheless be declared the winner.
Those of us who had hoped that the class divisions which once so divided Britain had faded after the war have been disillusioned by the reaction to the referendum, which has illustrated that class snobbery is alive and well in our country. Those of us who dared to defy the received wisdom of the middle class elitists, and voted to leave, have been subjected to a barrage of insults, ranging from ill informed or deceived by Mr Putin, through moronic, to such epithets as the great unwashed. This despite the fact that those, such as myself, worked for over forty years in Whitehall, and many prominent Leave supporters are extremely well educated university professors, Peers of the Realm and MPs etc.
There can be no doubt that Brexit has become a matter of supercilious elitists showing utter disdain for those they consider their intellectual inferiors, and nowhere is this more true than in the ranks of the Liberal Democrats, whose devotion to the autocratic, and incompetent EU, demonstrates their own ignorance of the reality.
Times of Tonbridge - 20th November 2019
Alexander Manus is both patronising and arrogant in his belief that supporters of leaving the EU obtain their facts from the side of a bus. Does he really believe that those of us who have actually read the Treaty of Rome, and have spent years opposing the dysfunctional and undemocratic Brussels regime have not thought long and hard about the issue. The destruction of our nation's sovereignty and independence, and yielding to rule by unelected apparatchiks are reasons we have sought to leave this organisation.
As far as the claim that the European project was created to maintain peace, this is arrant nonsense. It was the standoff between NATO and the Warsaw Pact which ultimately avoided conflict, and the EU has itself endangered peace by its interference in the Balkans, and by provoking Russia in areas such as the Ukraine, as the former is unsurprisingly very sensitive to what it sees as encirclement.
Those such as Mr Magnus who now think that it is valid to count all those who chose not to vote in the referendum as Remainers are obviously unaware that only Attlee gained more than fifty per cent of the vote in any general election since the war. It is those who vote who determine the result.
The true scandal is that the losers in the greatest democratic vote ever taken in these islands refuse to accept that they lost, and are using what Mr Magnus describes a fake news to try to overturn the decision.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 15th November 2019
With an election now upon us it is time that we seriously considered the consequences of remaining in the EU, should the Remainer parties fool sufficient numbers of people.
We shall remain shackled to an economic area which is rapidly losing its share of world trade, with deleterious effects on our export industries, while the inevitable collapse of the Euro will involve us paying vast sums, better spent at home, in futile attempts to save it.
The Westminster parliament will be reduced to no more than a rubber stamp for bureaucratic diktats, none of which our elected representatives will have the power to change, while the rise of right wing parties across the EU will infect our body politic with racist and anti semitic attitudes.
The creation of armed forces for the EU will lead to conscription, the best we can hope for being that there will be no middle class exemptions, as happened in the Vietnam war, so the burden will not fall only on the working class.
If all this, and more, comes to pass let us at least not forget that it was those who refused to accept that they had lost a democratic vote who brought us so low.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 11th October 2019
The decision by a group of politicised judges makes clear that the establishment has closed ranks, in a conspiracy with MPs who represent only themselves, in order to frustrate the explicit wishes of the British people.
The Remainers failed to win at the ballot box, so lie, and cheat, and betray democracy, in order to get their way. These biased MPs and judges have no more right to tell us what to do than would a group of drinkers sitting around a table in a public house, laying down the law in their cups. They may call each other honourable, or 'My Lady' or 'My Lord', but they have forfeited the right to such titles, being no more than one pressure group among many.
Thanks to the actions of those who lost democratic votes refusing to recognize the fact, we have arrived at a situation where the elected representatives are reneging on their duty to abide by their promises, and their allies in the judiciary are supporting them in treating democracy with contempt. Therefore we no longer have the obligation to treat the decisions taken by these people as democratically legitimate.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 4th October 2019
The main premise of the long letter from John Bailey is incorrect, in that he believes that to be opposed to membership of the EU is a mark of those with right wing opinions, when in fact the most consistent, and principled opposition has always come from the democratic left. Leading Labour figures such as Clement Attlee, Tony Benn and Michael Foot were totally against the UK joining the European project, and it was only when Kinnock, followed by Blair, took the Labour party away from its founding principles of democratic socialism that Europhiles came to dominate the leadership.
It may have escaped Mr Bailey's notice that the most significant areas supporting Leave in the referendum were in fact those of the industrial North, where the working class has seen just how badly membership of the EU has damaged their interests. Indeed the entire issue of Brexit has become one of class, as selfish middle class metropolitan liberals seek to override a democratic decision taken by those they arrogantly regard as ignorant or prejudiced.
Those whom Mr Bailey describes as one nation Tories are better described as no nation Tories, in that they wish to see our independent nation state become no more than a province, or provinces, within a single European state, to which the ordinary person will have no allegiance, beyond that forced on them by unelected bureaucrats. In 2017 these people stood on a manifesto promising to honour the result of the referendum, but have since reneged on that undertaking, and so hold their positions illegitimately.
As far as Tim Wilson is concerned I am certainly not confused about the position relating to our legal system. We use Common Law, the EU uses Napoleonic Law, and the two systems are incompatible. The latter weights justice heavily against the individual, and in favour of the state, and anyone who studies how it operates throughout the EU should fear its enforcement here. His final point about parliamentary scrutiny is laughable, given that Europhile MPs have allowed endless laws and regulations to be applied to this country without any genuine consideration by our elected representatives. Only when they see that they may no longer get their own way do they start shouting about the democracy they have so grievously betrayed.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 27th September 2019
The scenes in parliament this week would have disgraced an infants school. Hundreds of representatives of the people praising one of the most biased Speakers ever to have dishonoured that office, then stamping their feet because they have yet to succeed, in direct contravention of their manifesto commitments, in overturning the result of the EU referendum.
These people have treated the electorate with contempt, humiliated our nation before the world, and encouraged the bureaucratic rulers of the EU to dig in their heels, and refuse to negotiate on any reasonable basis.
One can only hope that, when we finally get the general election which is so obviously necessary, that these dishonourable members are thrown out, never to return.
Times of Tonbridge - 18th September 2019
It may surprise Alexander Magnus that even a leaver such as myself has read Voltaire, and it is not I who is the Dr Pangloss, but rather himself, who clearly uses very thick rose tinted glasses to view the undemocratic, economically declining EU, run by arrogant and incompetent bureaucrats.
Events in parliament make clear that this country is no longer a democracy, as the majority of MPs now represent only themselves, not their constituents. Accordingly no laws passed by them possess democratic legitimacy, while any emanating from a Brussels regime rejected by the British people are equally invalid.
We therefore have no moral obligation to obey such laws, and any democrat on a jury faced with charges relating to them should vote for acquittal. Civil disobedience, as espoused by Gandhi, and Martin Luther King Junior, has a proud history, and now remains the only way in which the people can hope to prevail over the establishment.
Daily Express - 17th September 2019
The pledge by the Lib Dems to cancel Brexit shows them to be arrogant elitists, and makes a mockery of their name, as they are clearly neither liberal nor democratic.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 30th August 2019
The claim made by John Champneys that the majority in the 2016 referendum was tiny is nonsense, as it actually exceeded the combined populations of Sheffield, Leeds and Newcastle, while his contention that it was flawed is totally unjustified, it being a straightforward binary decision. What he really means is that he cannot stand the fact that his side lost.
Even more risible is his contention that the circumstances are different, as the fundamental position is, and will always be the same. There are underlying differences in philosophical attitude between the Europeans and the British, which can never be bridged.
In their view everything is forbidden, unless it is permitted by law, whereas in Britain everything is permitted, unless it is forbidden by law.
We believe in innocent until proven guilty, but the EU's Corpus Juris asserts guilt unless innocence is proved, thus placing the burden on the accused, not the state.
The EU operates on a top down principle, while we believe that power should reside in the common people, so, where we desire rule by democracy, those in charge of the EU see themselves as some sort of latter philosopher kings, as envisaged by Plato, wielding authority without accountability.
As is common with the kind of supposedly utopian schemes adopted on the Continent the assumption is that the theory predominates, and the real world must adjust to that, inevitably causing strife when reality refuses to conform, whereas we prefer a pragmatic and empirical approach, finding what works, and using that as the basis of our actions.
That great man General de Gaulle recognized these basic differences between Britain and Europe, and it is a tragedy that it has taken decades for the truth of his statements to become clear, for otherwise we could all have avoided the years of misunderstanding which have resulted from our joining an organisation which represents the antithesis of what we truly are.
Times of Tonbridge - 28th August 2019
It is pointless for Alexander Magnus to ask Leavers to answer his questions if the responses are not printed.
While Tunbridge Wells voted to Remain in the EU referendum the voters of Tonbridge and Malling, where your publication is distributed, supported Leave by a margin of 12%.
Nevertheless the number of letters you publish from the former far outnumber those sent in reply, sometimes two or three from Remainers appearing each week, while only occasionally is a missive from a Leaver printed.
This bias is deplorable in that not only do neutral observers receive a totally false impression of local public opinion, but the wish of a majority of the electorate is treated with contempt.
As far as Mr Magnus is concerned he deliberately ignores the fact that the Prime Minister gives greater weight to the reality of seeing our democracy destroyed if we remain within the EU, than of pandering to those who are promoting an unproven theory of anthropological global warming. In addition the EU itself imports vast amounts from China and the rest of the world, so his concerns about transportation are merely another red herring, aimed at overturning the referendum result, and allowing the losers to get their way.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 16th August 2019
The letter from Paul Bailey shows that he, and his fellow Remainers do not understand why I, and millions of others, voted to leave the EU. Although trade is important such considerations were eclipsed by the desire to preserve our democracy, which we spent so many years creating, and in the defence of which which so many died.
If we remain in the EU this country would be no more than a province in a single European state, ruled by unelected officials, over whom we would have no control. The recent farce of the election of Ursula von der Leyden as President of the European Commission illustrates how the EU regards democracy, as MEPs were given a ballot with just one choice on it, for a woman who is in favour of an EU Army and has stated that "my aim is the United States of Europe". An election with one candidate is not an election.
As far as trade is concerned Mr Bailey's dire warnings about a No Deal Brexit are just a renewal of the discredited 'Project Fear' promoted by the Remain side at the time of the referendum, whose every dire forecast of economic disaster have been shown to be no more than duplicitous assertions, intended to scare the electorate into voting to stay in the EU. We run a constant deficit in trade with the EU, unlike the surplus we enjoy with the rest of the world, and free of Brussels, we will be once more an independent, major global trading nation.
How Mr Bailey can claim that the majority of people do not want Brexit is beyond me, as the result of the referendum proves otherwise, while the costs of a No Deal are minimal compared with the 39 billion pounds Theresa May was willing to pay to the EU. Clearly she forgot that, as Rudyard Kipling's poem famously said "once you have paid him the Danegeld, You never get rid of the Dane".
Finally it is not surprising that so many MPs want to remain in the EU. It offers them an enhanced career structure, with the possibility of becoming an MEP, being grossly overpaid for pretending to represent the people in that fig-leaf for democracy, the European Parliament, while a lucky few may become European Commissioners, wielding power without accountability, and enjoying an obscene level of salary while doing so. Their self interest trumps any consideration of the well being of those they represent.
Daily Mail - 15th August 2019
The members of the dream team proposed by Caroline Lucas are connected not by their gender, but by their desire to disregard the result of the EU referendum.
Priti Patel and Theresa Villiers would not be welcome, despite being successful female politicians, because they do not subscribe to theLiberal-Left agenda.
Daily Telegraph - 8th August 2019
The all female dream team proposed by Caroline Lucas is more a nightmare line up of anti democratic appeasers who wish to frustrate the will of the people, connected not by their gender, but by their desire to disregard the result of the EU referendum.
Of course patriots such as Priti Patel and Theresa Villiers would not be welcome, despite being successful female politicians, as they do not subscribe to the left liberal agenda espoused by Ms Lucas.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 9th August 2019
Although the letter from Remain supporter Andrew Fry is refreshingly free of abuse directed at those who think differently I am afraid that he is ignoring the elephant in the room, which is that no amount of common-sense or spirit of compromise can overcome the fact that the issue of the referendum and its implementation is a binary one. As with pregnancy we are either in the EU or we are not.
In the first case the referendum result is honoured and the UK leaves the EU completely, becoming once more a totally sovereign power, free to make its own decisions unhampered by any interference from the latter, in the same way that nations such as Japan, Brazil or the USA are free of Brussels, no authority granted to the European Court of Justice, or to unelected bureaucrats.
In the second case, in which the referendum result is ignored, or nullified by being Brexit in Name Only, control of our affairs would remain with the EU, our trading arrangements would be set by the latter, and, in time, our democracy would be extinguished.
If we leave entirely then not only would we be able to turn back to the path we should never have left, of being a global trading nation, possessing full independence, but the EU would be relieved of our presence, allowing them to proceed to the creation of the single European state they so desire, without being held back by British objections.
In the other scenario the majority of British voters, having been treated with contempt, will be so alienated from the political class that our democracy would be imperilled, not merely by the EU, but by the failure to deliver a democratic decision, while the EU will be constantly at loggerheads with a basically unwilling participant in its federalist project.
The genie cannot now be put back in the bottle, and it is up to those who lost the referendum to accept the fact and move on, looking to a future free of entanglements with the EU. That would be the common-sense, and realistic way forward for the UK.
Daily Telegraph - 8th August 2019
The latest absurdity from the renewed Project Fear is that a no deal Brexit would lead to serious food shortages, yet another straw man created by the Remainers.
It hardly needs answering but, quite apart from the fact that we managed perfectly well before we joined the European project, I remember that, in my early childhood, we lived with food rationing, and, although restricted in choice, we did not suffer unduly.
We did so because we valued our democracy more than we feared any temporary inconvenience, and this is true today, as we struggle to regain our freedom to control our own affairs, liberated from rule by the unelected bureaucrats of Brussels.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 2nd August 2019
Richard Landolt typifies the Remainer minority in this country, whose pessimism, and lack of belief in Britain, has undermined our nation for too long. While it is true that we are no longer the world dominating power we were for the century following victory at Waterloo, neither are we some minor state, in desperate need of assistance from a Brussels dominated by Germany, which did us so much damage in two World Wars.
Unlike the other EU nations we are the centre of the Commonwealth, a dynamic and growing part of the world, the fountainhead of the world language, and of the Anglosphere, containing our greatest ally the USA, and have the geographical position, and the historic trading links, to make the UK once again the major hub for global commerce. Far from being Little England we can stand tall among the nations of the world, rather than accepting the status of a province of a declining, and eventually doomed, United States of Europe.
The 39 billion pounds demanded of us by the EU could be far better spent on restoring the Royal Navy to its historic role as one of the predominant maritime forces in the world although, as Mr Landolt refuses to recognize, even now no potential aggressor nation would regard lightly taking on a country possessing that Navy, the RAF, the British Army, and the Trident submarines. We are not the seven stone weakling of his imagination.
Daily Mail - 25th July 2019
It is disgraceful that one of the first statements made by the new leader of the Liberal Democrats is that she will work to overrule the clearly expressed will of the British people. Her party is neither liberal, nor democratic.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 19th July 2019
The proposals made by the EU to replace those at the top of the organisation should give pause to anyone, except fanatical Remainers, who doubt the wisdom of Brexit.
Ursula von der Leyen, the German defence minister, who has been picked to succeed Jean Paul Juncker as EU Commission President, has stated that her goal is a United States of Europe, based on the model of the federal states of Switzerland, Germany or the US, clearly giving the lie to those who contend that the ultimate aim of the EU is not to create a single European state, in which the individual countries would be no more than provinces. She has also described Brexit as "a burst bubble of hollow promises", obviously being unable to accept democratic decisions, while advocating the creation of EU armed forces, another idea which Remainers have always falsely claimed is untrue. Perhaps a guide to her real abilities can be seen from a poll in Germany which reveals that just 33% of Germans think she's a good choice for the top EU role.
Among the other nominees are the IMF's Christine Lagarde for the European Central Bank. who was previously found guilty by a French court of charges relating to negligence for her role in a financial scandal, hardly a recommendation for the post.
All of those put forward for the senior posts are convinced federalists, and as usual the proposals are the result of a Franco-German stitch-up, combined with the arrogance of the self selecting oligarchy which dominates the European Union. We are not leaving a moment too soon.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 21st June 2019
Those tempted to support the Green party, either because they believe that the claims made by the latter are indisputable facts, or feel that it represents the superior moral position, should be wary. While Green policies, such as caring for animals, or reducing plastic waste, are good causes, we should be very careful of regarding the theories of the environmentalists concerning anthropological global warming as proven beyond doubt, and therefore we should certainly consider whether we really wish to make the sort of fundamental changes to our societies which they demand.
We are still within an Ice Age, and the period of little glaciation, which has now lasted about 10,000 years, is just an inter glacial, which is already longer than previous ones, and for years many scientists stated that the glaciers could begin to march again at any time. In addition there are explanations for changes in climate other than anthropological action. The collective effects of changes in the Earth's movements on its climate over thousands of years, mean that variations in eccentricity, axial tilt, and precession of the Earth's orbit indicate cyclical variation in the solar radiation reaching the Earth, strongly influencing climatic patterns on Earth.
Of course this does not suit the Green fanatics. These people are authoritarian, verging on fascists, who will brook no opposition to their theories, or their insane demands that we abandon the sources of energy which keep our economies functioning. They would rather we were all sitting in caves, rubbing two sticks together for warmth, than admit that they could be wrong, but to abandon all viable means of producing energy, such as nuclear power, is frankly insane. One wonders just how many potential Green voters realise that their use of cars, air travel, or even their beloved mobile phones and computers, would be under threat if these zealots have their way. Those children who shout about 'save the planet' would soon change their tune if they had to walk to school.
Daily Mail - 12th June 2019
For the past three years we have seen the deplorable bias of the BBC on display, as it has made clear its support for the Remain side in the referendum.
Now this organisation intends to penalise those over 75, who may not qualify for pension credit, but for whom the licence fee represents a significant cost.
It is past time for the BBC to be privatised, as it enforces payment on all, yet only represents the views of a narrow, metropolitan elite.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 31st May 2019
The reactions of the political establishment to the results of the European elections shows that the former are completely detached from reality. When the Labour voter plummets in working class areas the shadow foreign secretary declares that it is because the party is not sufficiently supportive of Remain, ignoring the fact that the Leave vote was won by those very voters, while the Europhile youngsters who acclaim Jeremy Corbyn as leader seem unaware that he has opposed the EU for his entire political career. The Liberal Democrats make a mockery of their name by seeking to negate the political decision taken by the people, and Conservative party Remainers decry a No Deal, when it is now the only way to honour the result of the referendum. In addition biased media organisations such as the BBC seek to pretend that somehow Remain won the European elections, despite the crushing victory by the Brexit party.
All this is eclipsed by the fact that our politicians refuse to acknowledge that the EU is not a democracy, but is, as it was designed to be, a bureaucratic dictatorship. The real reason so many of the denizens of the House of Commons support Remain is because it is in their personal self interest to do so, and has nothing to do with the welfare of this nation or its people.
BBC History Magazine - 17th April 2019
Efforts to compare Brexit with previous apparently similar events fail to take into account historical trends which, over centuries, have taken Britain on a very different path to the nations of the Continent.
Since we broke away from political and religious European domination the emigration of large numbers of our people to other parts of the world, together with the export of our ideas and culture, have led to the creation both of the Anglosphere, and the now rapidly developing Commonwealth. We have outgrown the limits of Europe, and look across the oceans, not the Channel.
Joining the EU was an aberration, and one which was bound to end in a divorce. If those who want rule from Brussels succeed in temporarily blocking exit the result will only be a much more acrimonious breach with the Continent in the not too distant future.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 29th March 2019
Robert Mayall may be correct in that the betrayal of our democracy and country by the political class will provoke extra-parliamentary protest, even violence, but such actions will make no difference. Britain in 2019 is not the France of 1789, or the Russia of 1917 and, while their material position remains tolerable, the average person will not go to the barricades in defence of intangible issues such as accountability and democracy.
Those of us who have fought the cause of British independence for decades always knew that the only way to win was to replace the careerists in the Commons with MPs who really believed in democracy. Unfortunately in general elections the voters always return to their tribal loyalties. The leaders, and many supporters, of the Conservatives put party before country, while Labour has long ago abandoned its working class roots, and is now dominated by middle class professionals, who care nothing for the travails of the ordinary people, who are suffering from the effects of the former's love affair with the EU.
Eventually the EU will implode, destroyed by the collapse of the Euro, or the reaction of those member states who possess a greater pride in their country than has been shown by our useless politicians. For us now the future is to be a vassal state, and to have lost the respect of the world which our predecessors earned by standing up to tyranny. I hope that one day those responsible will be held accountable.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 22nd March 2019
The events of this week have confirmed what many of us knew to be true for decades. The political establishment has nothing but contempt for the views of the electorate and now, by their blatant self serving actions, the House of Commons has all but destroyed democracy in this country.
The parliamentarians, largely drawn from the same social class, with a majority attending the same two elite universities, worship at the altar of what has become the secular religion of the EU, and they have successfully prevented this country regaining its independence in order to satisfy their fellow arrogant colleagues in Brussels, and to ensure that they will continue to ride the EU gravy train, unhindered by any consideration of what is best for the people they claim to represent. For what they have done they will be remembered as among the greatest villains in our long island history.
Those parliamentarians who oppose Brexit love to quote Edmund Burke to justify their claim that, as representatives, not delegates, they have the right to oppose the clearly expressed desires of their constituents. However Burke did not conceive of a situation where elected MPs would owe their allegiance to a foreign entity, not to their own country, so his strictures are not relevant. If manifesto promises are not to be taken seriously why do we pretend that they are the basis on which people should vote.
The EU is set to move further and further to the right, so that authoritarian, racist rule will become the future within its bounds. Many of those who today oppose Brexit, thinking themselves so morally superior to those who wish to honour the result of the referendum, will live to regret that they have tied this country to such a despicable organisation.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 8th March 2019
The arrogance displayed by Steve Barrass is breathtaking, as he demands that the wishes of over seventeen million British voters should be ignored because he claims the EU referendum was deeply flawed, something which is plainly untrue. The reality is that the electorate have finally seen through the deceit practised by the political class over decades in its pretence that the European project was merely a trade agreement, and have decided that they want no part of the authoritarian single state which is its ultimate aim.
Very many people who had never voted before who felt impelled to support the Leave campaign, and, particularly in working class areas, there were queues of ordinary people determined to show their desire for Britain to be once again an independent nation.
If those such as Mr Barrass have their way then trust in democracy will be totally undermined, with consequences which hardly bear thinking about.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 15th February 2019
Although we are well aware that professional politicians are trained to place expediency before honesty I do really wonder how the MPs now working so assiduously to overturn Brexit can justify their actions to themselves. They put me in mind of Peter Sarstedt's lyrics "But where do you go to my lovely, When you're alone in your bed?, Won't you tell me the thoughts that surround you?, I want to look inside your head".
Most are far from lovely but they must know in their hearts that an overwhelming vote in Parliament promised the result of the referendum would be honoured, that the candidates for the Conservative and Labour parties at the 2017 General Election stood on a manifesto which explicitly promised to implement Brexit, and that the date for Article 50 was again passed by a large majority in the Commons. Yet now here they are blatantly reneging on these undertakings, and trying to justify doing so with specious arguments we all know are false.
If we could look inside their heads it would be instructive to know whether they are indulging in Orwellian doublethink, having convinced themselves that they are not breaking solemn promises, or whether they are so arrogant that they will lie and put their own self interest ahead of the will of the people.
In either case is it any surprise that our democracy is in great peril for, as the proverb attributed to Erasmus says "A fish rots from the head down". Although in reality dead fish do not do so, there is no doubt that our so called leaders are corrupting the body politic by their duplicitous behaviour. They should be ashamed of themselves.
Mature Times - 1st February 2019
The concerns expressed by the editor regarding a No Deal Brexit are understandable, but in reality are no more than tales told to frighten children, as the British people should consider just what they will have lost by the refusal of the Remainers to allow a No Deal.
The 39 billion pounds promised to the EU would not need paying, thus providing extra money for the NHS, and making funds available to assist those areas which have suffered from the effects of EU membership, while, under WTO rules, any tariffs charged on UK exports to the EU would be less than half the UK's net contribution to the EU budget. We would be free to immediately make trade deals with countries around the world, including joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership, while being able to enter a Canada plus arrangement with the EU. There would be no requirement for a transitional period, nor any question of a backstop relating to Northern Ireland. We would once more be in absolute control of our affairs, ensuring that we could take any steps we wish to protect our borders, while our legal system would be free of interference by the European Court of Justice, and our elected representatives, not Brussels bureaucrats would determine our laws.
The ludicrous warnings of disastrous consequences of No Deal would be shown to be no more than a series of Aunt Sallys, set up by hysterical Remainers, with no basis in fact, as, for instance, it is already clear that our planes could still fly to and fro from the EU, UK car makers have approval to sell in the EU, the Mayor of Calais has made clear that no obstacles will be placed in the way of trade, and threats of food shortages are complete nonsense.
We would lose all these benefits, merely in order that the politicians might continue to ride the EU gravy train. For the sake of our future we should demand that these people put the welfare of the people ahead of their own narrow interests.
As far as uncertainty is concerned one should remember that certainty can only be found in the graveyard. This country did not become great by being afraid to stride into the future because of a lack of belief in the abilities of the British people to meet challenges and overcome them.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 1st February 2019
Although it would no doubt be treated with contempt by the Remainers I have just been reading Douglas Bader's account of the Battle of Britain. Apart from the obvious courage of the participants what comes across most strongly is the belief in our country, and of the unconquerable spirit of the British people, who never doubted that, however dark things seemed, we would prevail.
What a contrast to the attitude of today's chattering classes. We have obscenely overpaid CEOs who have no confidence that British workers can match anyone found abroad, preferring to treat the people with contempt, clearly anxious to use lowly paid foreign workers, rather than investing in training at home, in order that there might be more funds available to pay their annual inflated bonuses. Worse are the pusillanimous politicians, who are desperate to hide behind the bureaucrats of the EU, instead of taking the responsibility of governing this country, while ensuring that the potentially enhanced career structure within the institutions of that organisation remains available to them, regardless of the wishes of their constituents.
These people have no belief in Britain, put their love of money before anything else, are betraying our democracy and destroying the country which Bader and his comrades saved. They are beneath contempt.
Kent Messenger - 24th January 2019
As the efforts by Remainers to reverse the result of the EU referendum reach an hysterical crescendo we are being told that the only solution to the crisis is to rerun the vote so that 'the people will break the deadlock'. This is such a transparent effort to override the already expressed will of the people that no sensible person would support it for a moment but, as the establishment is clearly determined to use any means to get its way, I challenge the supporters of a second vote to answer the following questions.
Exactly what question do they want to put to a vote? It is obvious that they would not countenance a direct repeat of the 2016 referendum, as they know that they would lose again, so they are seeking either to put forward three options, one for Remain, one for a so called negotiated settlement and one for a No Deal, thus ensuring that the Leave vote is split and the pro EU minority win, or they would offer a choice between Mrs May's abject deal or Leave, thus giving the voters a choice between Tweedledum and Tweedledee, effectively keeping the UK subservient to Brussels.
Secondly, should there, against the odds, be a fair question, and they lost, would they then accept the result and stop trying to ignore the people, or would they come up with a different scheme to give final victory to the losers in the 2016 vote?
Given their contempt for the electorate I think we know just what answers the Remainers would give, but have any of them the courage to admit it? Talk of letting the people decide is just a smokescreen to obscure the fact that this is all a deliberate attempt to preserve the status quo, whatever the people may wish to the contrary.
Kent Messenger - 17th January 2019
As it now seems certain that the political establishment will succeed in effectively reversing the result of the EU referendum perhaps the British people should consider just what they will have lost by the refusal of the Remainers to allow a No Deal.
The 39 billion pounds promised to the EU would not need paying, thus providing extra money for the NHS, and making funds available to assist those areas which have suffered from the effects of EU membership, while, under WTO rules, any tariffs charged on UK exports to the EU would be less than half the UK's net contribution to the EU budget. We would be free to immediately make trade deals with countries around the world, including joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership, while being able to enter a Canada plus arrangement with the EU. There would be no requirement for a transitional period, nor any question of a backstop relating to Northern Ireland. We would once more be in absolute control of our affairs, ensuring that we could take any steps we wish to protect our borders, while our legal system would be free of interference by the European Court of Justice, and our elected representatives, not Brussels bureaucrats would determine our laws.
The ludicrous warnings of disastrous consequences of No Deal would be shown to be no more than a series of Aunt Sallys, set up by hysterical Remainers, with no basis in fact, as, for instance, it is already clear that our planes could still fly to and fro from the EU, UK car makers have approval to sell in the EU, the Mayor of Calais has made clear that no obstacles will be placed in the way of trade, and threats of food shortages are complete nonsense.
We would lose all these benefits, merely in order that the politicians might continue to ride the EU gravy train. For the sake of our future we should demand that these people put the welfare of the people ahead of their own narrow interests.
Kent Messenger - 10th January 2019
The vote this month on Mrs May's so called deal will be the most important parliamentary decision in decades, as it will determine whether or not this country is once again to be an independent, sovereign nation. The proposals are a total betrayal of our democracy, for, if passed, future Westminster parliaments will more govern this country than do the committee of the local tennis club. Where we once were able to throw out those who ruled, if we found them wanting, we would face a future in which our lives would be controlled and directed by the faceless bureaucrats of Brussels, who cannot be removed by any democratic means.
This nauseating sell out would betray all those who fought and died over centuries to create our democracy. One can only imagine what the heroes of the past like Drake, Nelson, Wellington and Cromwell would say about their pathetic successors. We would lose all respect from others as they saw the nation which defied Phillip II, Napoleon, the Kaiser and Hitler tamely submit to threats from arrogant bureaucrats, and we would be humiliated in front of those who once saw Britain as one of most resolute defenders of freedom and democracy, as we proved too afraid of the overpaid dictators of Brussels to stand up for ourselves, even while under no military threat.
Our political class cannot see beyond the chance to one day be elected to that meaningless talking shop, the European parliament, where corruption reigns, and all one needs to do to reap vast salaries is to toe the federalist line. Even better they might get the opportunity to be appointed a European Commissioner, where they can lord it over the common plebs without fear of being turfed out in a democratic election. These people are beneath contempt yet we would be obliged to knuckle under to them and their allies in the EU, although it would really be the latter who will call the tune. While those Remainers who benefit from kneeling to Brussels would be celebrating, those who have supported them would eventually experience the full horror of living in a country where the ballot box no longer has any meaning, and they are unable to change, or even influence, those who rule.
The decision in June 2016 was clear and only a No Deal Brexit will honour that choice.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 4th January 2019
Your correspondent Paul Bailey describes those who support Brexit as being on the far right of the Tory party, thus illustrating that those supporters of the EU who believe themselves to be on the left of politics clearly do not know anything about the havoc membership has wreaked upon the UK's industry, and the livelihoods of the working class.
The EU pays to decimate our fishing industry, and for farmers not to produce food, while it has consistently used grants, largely paid for by funding from this country, to encourage manufacturing companies to transfer operations from Britain to other parts of Europe, actually declaring the intention to be to provide jobs for workers in the recipient nations, while ignoring those lost in the UK. The British government has connived at this betrayal by, for example, placing orders for military equipment in Spain, using Swedish steel, caring nothing for our workers thus thrown out of jobs, or indeed the security of the nation..
The bosses of large companies do not only benefit from these payments from Brussels to undermine their own country, they also demand the right to undercut the wages of British workers by importing people from parts of the EU where employment standards are significantly lower. No wonder the CBI, Institute of Directors etc. support continued membership. Less money for workers, more bonuses for the company executives.
Supposed left-wingers who wish to remain in the EU are the spiritual heirs of Lenin's "Useful Idiots" as no one who is concerned about the rights and living standards of the British working class should support continued membership, as it only benefits the selfish, metropolitan political and bureaucratic elite, their friends in the City of London, and in the boardrooms of multinationals.
Remainers are claiming that a No Deal Brexit will be a disaster for this country, but in reality the opposite is true. To leave under WTO rules would mean an immediate exit, with no transitional period, and no 39 billion pounds to be paid to Brussels, money that can be far better spent on the NHS, and on alleviating the plight of those working class areas impoverished by the malign effects of EU membership upon their domestic industries. It would return democratic control of this country to our own elected representatives, end the domination of the European Court of Justice over our laws, enable us to conduct free trade with the nearly 200 nations which lie outside the EU, restore our fishing grounds, and save significant amounts on our food bills.
We would say goodbye to the Customs Union, and the Single Market, which are no more than protectionist devices to protect the industries of France and Germany, and decide for ourselves what level of immigration we are prepared to accept.
No Deal is the path we must follow, if we wish to prosper as an independent, sovereign state in a world where the EU is nothing more than a shrinking, and ultimately doomed, backwater. It would be the best Christmas present this country has had for many a day, and rather than listen to the doomsayers of the Remain camp, we should look optimistically towards what Churchill described as the broad, sunlit uplands now within our grasp.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 21st December 2018
Events in Parliament this week have brought into sharp focus the fundamental flaw in our democratic system, a flaw which has been growing for decades, but which is now set fair to destroy democracy in this country.
For many years, following universal suffrage, one could be sure that, not all, but a majority of MPs, actually believed in a political philosophy, and sought to better the lot of the people by their actions. However the vast majority are now no more than careerists, whose prime concern is personal advancement, whatever damage might be done to the nation.
The people wish to regain independence from the EU, but the bulk of the political class see the latter as a means of enhancing their career opportunities, whether as MEPs, or as obscenely well paid apparatchiks in the Brussels bureaucratic machine. They will, with a few honourable exceptions, therefore never support Brexit, anymore than turkeys would vote for Christmas.
The only solution is to adopt the system used successfully in Switzerland, where the people determine policy on major issues by referenda. As a regular visitor to that prosperous, and stable, nation I know that their political class hate the situation, but are unable to enforce their wishes upon a sensible electorate.
If things continue unchanged in the UK then we shall face perpetual rule by an immovable, selfish elite, whose only principle is 'me first'.
Kent Messenger - 20th December 2018
Your correspondent Don Bates is mistaken in believing that no political party stands for a forthright exit from the EU, as there are several small parties who do, and one large one, namely UKIP. It is generally accepted that it was only the fear of the latter that caused Cameron to grant the referendum in the first place, and the party's poor performance in the subsequent general election is attributable to the fact that the Conservative and Labour party lied in their manifestos, saying that they would honour the result of the referendum, while clearly having no real intention of so doing.
As your other correspondent David Savory makes clear, the underlying problem is that our system of representative government has been undermined by the growth of the professional political class, whose interests are personal, and not based on principle. This situation has been developing over many decades, but has now reached the point where it is destroying our democracy. The only way out is those who place country, and the people, above party, and above self interest, to be elected, and this will not happen if the electorate continue to vote on historical tribal lines.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 14th December 2018
Not content with negating the result of the EU referendum, thanks to the pusillanimity of the Tory leadership, who have reverted to their default posture of appeasers, the supporters of the EU have produced a new version of Project Fear, namely Project Hysteria. Those creatures of the establishment, the Treasury and the Bank of England, have produced predictions about the effects of following the will of the people which would be laughable, were they not so malevolent, and the possible effect so malign.
Those prepared to give credence to this nonsense should remember that the very same people forecast disaster if we did not join the ERM, when doing so proved to be the real calamity, cried that we must join the Euro or face economic Armageddon, when in fact the peoples of Southern Europe can testify as to what a complete catastrophe it has been, and predicted that a vote to leave in 2016 would precipitate the end of the world as we know it, when the opposite has proved to be true.
Clearly the hysterics of the Remain camp have never heard of the saying that insanity consists of repeating the same mistakes, and expecting different results.
Kent Messenger - 13th December 2018
I do not believe that the scale of the political crisis which has arisen over Brexit has yet been truly appreciated by the general public.
In the past, when we have been threatened by war, the country was, albeit with a few dissenting voices, united and determined to win. However the current situation is similar to the Reformation, when state power versus that of the Church was the central issue, and of the Civil War, when the rights of the monarchy against those of Parliament were the primary concern.
At those times the country was split in a way that could not be resolved by simple discussion, as the soul of the nation was at stake. Now we face a situation where the majority of the people wish to put an end to rule by a foreign power, yet a substantial minority desire such a situation to continue. Do the latter, who look likely to succeed in overturning the largest democratic vote in our history, really think that things can then just go on as before?
Unless the will of the people is honoured then democracy in this country is in great peril, and the resolution of the matter may lie in a comparable upheaval to that of the other great historical divisions named above.
Kent Messenger - 6th December 2018
In an interview on Radio 4 this Sunday Ian Hislop, the editor of Private Eye claimed that matters of great import were being ignored while the nation argued over what were no more than trade issues. If he believes this then it clearly shows how out of touch with reality the smug members of the chattering classes are with the real reasons for the result of the EU referendum. The vote to leave was a cry of anguish from the British working class, who have seen their interests ignored in favour of appeasing the European elites, the fishermen whose industry had been decimated thanks to Edward Heath sacrificing it to gain entry to the EEC, and the despair of all democrats who see the world's oldest democracy becoming no more than a country governed by immovable, authoritarian bureaucrats.
For many years I was a subscriber to Private Eye, as I foolishly believed that it was on the side of the people against the establishment, and am aware that it consistently ridiculed, and criticised the EU. However, the moment the result of the referendum was declared it changed sides, and began to treat those who voted Leave as some sort of combination of Colonel Blimp and Alf Garnett.
Clearly its critics were right all along, and the publication is effectively a product of adolescent undergraduates, who take the contrary view for no more reason than it is contrary. As Clement Attlee advised, ignore intellectuals, they are always wrong.
Sunday Telegraph - 25th November 2018
The establishment has won. An unholy alliance of self interested bankers, big businessmen, bureaucrats and politicians has succeeded in treating the will of the people with utter contempt, and has discarded the result of the EU referendum, thus destroying both the bright future we might have had as a truly global nation, and indeed our democracy itself.
Dr Goebbels himself would have been proud of the lies and propaganda produced by the Remain side, who have missed no opportunity to falsify facts, and attack those wishing to leave the EU as morons, xenophobes or racists, completely ignoring the rational arguments they put forward.
While the Remainers who benefit from staying under the thumb of Brussels will be celebrating, those who have supported them will eventually experience the full horror of living in a country where the ballot box no longer has any meaning, and they are unable to change, or even influence, those who rule. However they will have made their bed, and must lie in it. Unfortunately so must the rest of us.
What a way for one of the greatest nations ever to have existed to leave the stage. The last two lines of T S Eliot's poem 'The Hollow Men', although speaking of the end of the world, can now apply to Britain "This is the way the world ends, Not with a bang but a whimper".
Kent and Sussex Courier - 23rd November 2018
If the government's Brexit deal is implemented it will be a total betrayal of our democracy, for future Westminster parliaments will no more govern this country than do the committee of the local tennis club, and it betrays all those who fought and died over centuries to create that democracy. The deaths of the martyrs of Peterloo, the efforts of the reformers of the nineteenth century, the trade unionists of Tolpuddle, and the suffragettes who strived for votes for women will all have been in vain, while those who fell to preserve freedom in two World Wars would have regarded this foul agreement as negating all for which they sacrificed their lives.
The anguish of the British working class, particularly in the North, will be ignored, as the politicians continue to ride the gravy train, and the industrial wastelands continue to decline.
We shall lose all respect from others as they see the nation which defied Phillip II, Napoleon , the Kaiser and Hitler tamely surrender to threats from arrogant bureaucrats. We shall all be humiliated in front of those who once saw Britain as one of most resolute defenders of freedom and democracy.
This betrayal will stand alongside Munich as one of the greatest in our history. Its terms bear comparison with those forced on Russia by Germany at Brest-Litovsk in 1917, or those the latter imposed on France in 1940 in the infamous railway carriage at Compiegne. Yet this will be not be as the result of military defeat, but of the treacherous cowardice of our own political class.
We may survive physically but it will be without honour in the world.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 16th November 2018
During the EU referendum campaign those supporting leaving were ridiculed for suggesting that the next step on the agenda would be a European Army. Now however we have the President of the French Republic actually calling for such a development, and not content with that Mr Macron names the USA as a possible opponent. Perhaps he should remember that France would not be a free country were it not for American soldiers led by great generals such as Eisenhower, Bradley and Patton, fighting alongside Monty and his British and Canadian armies, which swept out from Normandy to drive the Germans back to the Rhine and beyond.
The European Parliament's 'Brexit Coordinator' and senior MEP, Guy Verhofstadt, has gone one step further however, demanding that existing defences forces across Europe are 'integrated' into a European Army. Are we really to contemplate British soldiers being sent to fight their American cousins at the behest of Brussels and Berlin?
What this shows is that, while the 'Project Fear' of the Remainers has proved to be based on nonsensical lies, the very real fears of those seeking to restore British independence were nothing but the truth. The consequences of failing to implement Brexit would be dire indeed, but the pro EU campaigners are impervious to reason. To update the sheep in Animal Farm their mantra is "EU good, UK bad".
Kent Messenger - 8th November 2018
Clearly your correspondents Mike Thompson and Steve Russell regard the expression of any opinion opposed to theirs as ranting, while they no doubt are nothing but objective. The former needs a history lesson if he thinks that Germany has been a close friend of the UK for more than seventy years, as German reunification did not take place until 1990, and one could hardly have regarded the GDR as anything but a determined enemy. He should also reflect that it is now generally agreed that Germany is very much the dominant power within the EU, and that the latter is busy creating its own armed forces, so any future military action would inevitably be at the behest of Berlin. The treatment meted out recently to the people of Greece by an EU under the direction of Germany should be a warning.
As far as the second EU referendum that these two gentleman support, under the oxymoronic name of "A People's Vote", better known as "A Loser's Vote" is concerned, just who do they think was voting in June 2016, cats?
Mr Russell should be aware that the only reason Switzerland has held numerous referenda on joining the EU is that their politicians are desperate to do so, in order that they might join their fellow political elites on the gravy train, but the Swiss people are too sensible to agree. One may be sure that if the latter were ever foolish enough to vote 'Yes' then that would be the last referendum on the subject that was permitted.
Finally I am not, as Mr Russell appears to think, desperate, as, after enduring nearly fifty years of lies from the elite, the aim of regaining our status as a sovereign, independent nation is now within our grasp.
Daily Express - 6th November 2018
Perhaps those supporting a so called "People's Vote" would like to answer one simple question. Who do they think voted in June 2016 - puffins?"
Kent Messenger - 1st November 2018
Might I suggest that you balance your series "The Brexit Risk Register" with one called "The Brexit Opportunity Register", which can highlight the many positive aspects of the UK leaving the EU, and returning to the path we should never have left, of being a global nation, looking out across the oceans, not just across the Channel. True, restoring the UK to the status of a self governing sovereign nation, when it has progressed so far down the road of becoming just part of a single European state, was never going to be absolutely straightforward but, as Churchill said when planning D Day, "Don't argue about difficulties. The difficulties will argue for themselves . . .". As then the task may be hard, but the result will be worthwhile.
The details of which rope must be pulled, or what ballast must be cast over the side, in order to change the direction of the Ship of State, are secondary matters. The British people have decided that they want their future to be as citizens of a free independent nation, not of a subject province of a United States of Europe, and that decision must be honoured.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 26th October 2018
Apart from when we were under threat during wartime our democracy has never been in more peril than it is now. I, and many others have spent decades campaigning, legally and peacefully, for the UK to leave the malign and undemocratic EU and, after enduring many years of being treated with scorn, finally won in June 2016. Now however Theresa May and her fellow quislings, negotiating from their knees, are prepared to offer their beloved EU many more billions of pounds, so that they can effectively keep the UK under the thumb of Brussels. Almost exactly eighty years ago the British establishment appeased continental bullies and, but for Churchill, would have cost us our democracy and freedom. Have they learned nothing from history?
In his history of the Battle of Britain Douglas Bader tells of how, in June 1940, in the Mess of his fighter squadron, the surrender of France was announced, and his Commanding Officer said Thank God, now we are on our own. Although that was not strictly true, as then we had the Empire, and now we have the Commonwealth, it summoned up the true spirit of the British people.
We do not now, and we never have had, the need for bureaucrats in Brussels to direct our affairs. If the Remainers, with their blinkered view of the realities of the EU, succeed in humiliating the British people in front of the entire world, by overturning the largest democratic vote in our history, it will be the greatest betrayal in our history.
Kent Messenger - 25th October 2018
At a time when the NHS clearly needs more funding, and when senior citizens are being threatened with the withdrawal of their free TV licences to save money for the Vichy minded BBC, Theresa May and her fellow quislings, negotiating from their knees, are prepared to offer their beloved EU many more billions of pounds, so that they can effectively keep the UK under the thumb of Brussels. Almost exactly eighty years ago the British establishment appeased continental bullies and, but for Churchill, would have cost us our democracy and freedom. Have they learned nothing from history?
The issue of the Irish border is a red herring, introduced by the EU as a means of attempting to pressurise the UK into granting concessions. I cross the border between the EU and Switzerland at least four times every year without problems, and there is no reason that this cannot be the case between Northern Ireland and Eire after Brexit, while we should look upon threats from Donald Tusk about a No Deal Brexit in the same light as Brer Rabbit regarded being thrown into the briar patch.
If the Remainers, with their blinkered view of the realities of the EU, succeed in humiliating the British people in front of the entire world, by overturning the largest democratic vote in our history, then I have one message for them. When the inevitable collapse of the Euro plunges our economy into disaster, when they find that the powers of the elected Westminster parliament have been fully transferred to appointed bureaucrats in Brussels, and when they see their sons and daughters sent to fight in Germany's wars, they should remember that they will only have themselves to blame.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 12th October 2018
Your correspondent John A Bailey advocates a general election to decide Brexit, rather than honouring the decision taken by the people in June 2016, although it is obvious that the combination of other issues covered by an election, plus the rigidity of the electoral system, would guarantee that the vast majority of sitting pro EU MPs would be returned. His argument might have some force were the latter akin to Plato's philosopher Kings, capable of making unbiased judgements in the common interest, but although some do put principle first, most see membership of the EU as a means of providing them with an enhanced career structure, a chance to strut their little hour upon a wider stage, and as a means of evading responsibility by transferring effective decision making from Westminster to Brussels. Therefore one can be sure that the self interest of MPs would take precedence over considerations of what is best for the country, and a small group of politicians should not be allowed to override the clearly expressed wish of a majority of the British people.
John Champneys once again refers to the 2016 referendum as advisory, ignoring the fact that the parliamentarians, when they thought that Remain would win, agreed that the result would be binding. His questions as to trade are both wrong and irrelevant, as the people decided on the basis of democracy, and the right to see the UK governed by our own elected representatives, who can be voted out of office, not immovable bureaucrats, who cannot.
It is equally irrelevant that we are an offshore island, as we are also a truly global nation, the centre of the Commonwealth, the fountainhead of the English speaking world, a permanent member of the UN security council, and, along with France, possess the most potent military forces in Europe, outside Russia. His comment regarding the world wars is an insult to those who died preserving our freedom and democracy from continental tyrants, as to hand control of this country to European apparatchiks would be the ultimate betrayal of their sacrifice.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 12th October 2018
Based on nothing more than assertion your correspondent David Molloy claims that the case for leaving the EU is based on fiction, and says that the idea that Brexiteers have the interests of ordinary people at heart is risible.
What would be truly laughable, were it no so disastrous, is the belief of Remainers that the EU is a benign, democratic organisation, intent on spreading peace, when in fact the opposite is true.
The architects of the EU, Jean Monnet and Robert Schuman had watched Hitler win power through the ballot box, and wrongly concluded that electorates were not to be trusted, ignoring the special circumstances obtaining in Germany at the time. They therefore put forward the concept of Europe as a single state, governed by supposedly objective bureaucrats, who could be trusted not to allow demagogs to ever again come to power. The ordinary people would be allowed the pretence that they retained democratic control, but in fact decisions would be taken by a select group of apparatchiks, appointed not elected.
It is not hard to see that this concept is the antithesis of the democracy which we in Britain have spent centuries building, and it is this realisation, perhaps more than any other factor, which led to the referendum result, as the British people knew instinctively that they did not wish to sacrifice their right to rule themselves in return for the mess of pottage offered by Brussels.
Now is our Carpe Diem moment. Should we not now seize the day, and become once more an independent and democratic nation, the ordinary people will see this as the greatest betrayal in our island history.
Kent Messenger - 11th October 2018
I very much agree with your correspondent David Savory's comments concerning the EU referendum.
However, as we enter the final countdown to Brexit I feel that many have lost sight of the wood for the trees, preferring instead to discuss lesser matters of trade and finance, while not considering the process in its proper historical context,
The architects of the EU, Jean Monnet and Robert Schuman had watched Hitler win power through the ballot box, and wrongly concluded that electorates were not to be trusted, ignoring the special circumstances obtaining in Germany at the time. They therefore put forward the concept of Europe as a single state, governed by supposedly objective bureaucrats, who could be trusted not to allow demagogs to ever again come to power. The ordinary people would be allowed the pretence that they retained democratic control, but in fact decisions would be taken by a select group of apparatchiks, appointed not elected.
That this model was doomed to fail is obvious to anyone who understands human nature, as the people designated to exercise control were not the ideals represented by Plato's philosopher Kings, who needed to possess both a love of knowledge, as well as intelligence, reliability, and a willingness to live a simple life, but instead corruptible bureaucrats, who would soon be seduced by a lack of democratic accountability into totally ignoring the interests of the people, if they conflicted with their own wishes. They would also soon become self perpetuating, with an oligarchical class becoming immovable, as happened in the USSR and elsewhere.
It is not hard to see that this concept is the antithesis of the democracy which we in Britain have spent centuries building, and it is this realisation, perhaps more than any other factor, which led to the referendum result, as the British people knew instinctively that they did not wish to sacrifice their right to rule themselves in return for the mess of pottage offered by Brussels.
Should we not now seize the moment, and become once more an independent and democratic nation, our descendants will see this as the greatest betrayal in our island history.
Kent Messenger - 27th September 2018
John Cobbett suggests that unproven expenses relating to Brexit could easily be avoided by the government stopping the entire process. The arrogance of this is breathtaking, as it would contemptuously brush aside the votes of the majority who voted to leave the EU, while his claim that there are no tangible upsides to leaving ignores the fact that the greatest of these would be to take back our democracy from the grip of unelected bureaucrats.
Your other correspondent Ray Duff laughably talks of reforming the EU from within when, as has been seen for decades, the latter will never fundamentally change, and intends to push on to its ultimate destination as a single state, run without regard to the wishes of its people. In addition not one of the measures he mentions is incapable of solution by our own government in Westminster, if that is what the electorate desire.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 14th September 2018
In his attack on me Adrian Ekins-Dukes states that the leaflet issued by the government in the run up to the 2016 referendum is even handed yet, having the document in front of me as I write, it should be obvious to any rational person reading it that it is nothing more than propaganda for the Remain side. Indeed the very first statement on the front page says "Why the Government believes that voting to remain in the European Union is the best decision for the UK". As far as accusing me of being paranoid concerning the Electoral Commission is concerned, I have previously pointed out on this letters page that a number of the senior Commissioners, including the Chairman, have made clear their absolute commitment to Remain.
Mr Ekins-Daukes claims that the warnings about food supplies etc. were merely precautions but again, no independent observer could view them as anything other than alarmist predictions intended to undermine Brexit, while to assert that Project Fear is exclusively a Leave weapon is risible, given that every projected disaster imagined by the Remain side before the referendum failed to materialise.
Mr Ekins-Dauke displays almost unbelievable arrogance in demanding that the decision backed by almost seventeen and a half million voters should be ignored. He, and his fellow Remainers, claim that they want what they call a People's Vote, which is what we actually had in 2016, but really they are attempting a transparent bid to rig a second referendum: ask the people to vote on staying in the EU, accept May's absurd Chequers agreement, or just leave, thus presenting two options which would split the Leave vote, ensuring that the Remain option would win. Perhaps one should consider the reality of what this would mean, should they succeed in such gerrymandering. A decision taken by the largest democratic vote in our history would have been ignored, and the clearly expressed will of the people treated with utter contempt. Do those who are attempting to do this have any idea what it would mean for the future of democracy in this country?
Mr Ekins-Dauke's letter confirms, if confirmation were needed, that Remainers are the sort of people who, if they were footballers, would pretend to be hurt to gain an advantage, if cricketers would refuse to walk when given out by the umpire, or if losing at cards would claim that they opponents had been cheating. In other words they lack a sense of fair play, and the capability to accept defeat in a democratic contest.
Catholic Times - 7th September 2018
While there is much to agree with in the article by Dr Joseph Bradley, nevertheless he is actually advocating pacifism, a philosophy which is not accepted by the Catholic church. Had the West taken his attitude in the 1930s then the twin evils of Nazism and Japanese fascism would have taken over the world, with the consequence that millions of innocent Jews, Slavs and anyone else they considered inferior, would have been murdered.
Unless Dr Bradley can guarantee that another such as Hitler will never arise, it would be madness to throw away our weapons.
Kent Messenger - 6th September 2018
You report that a survey by two groups who support continued rule of this country by bureaucrats in Brussels has found a swing towards Remain in Kent, but this it is hardly surprising given that the supposed result favours the views of those conducting the poll, and the continued nonsense being produced by supporters of Project Fear Two.
Have we in this country not yet accepted that opinion polls are about as accurate as Mystic Meg, given their constant failures to forecast the results of elections and, in particular, that of the EU referendum?
On the morning of the referendum David Cameron was assured by his most senior pollster that Remain would win by ten clear points, and we all know what happened. The only poll that matters is the one that, in June 2016, showed that the majority of the electorate wished the UK to leave the EU, and that is the course of action to be followed if our democracy is not to thrown into the dustbin of history.
Reader's Digest - 1st September 2018
While Lee Child is a talented author he clearly does not have the same expertise in the field of politics.
A constitutional monarchy is the best form of government, as it allows the head of state to be a unifying figure, standing above politics, yet merely by existing prevents divisive, and possibly authoritarian, politicians from achieving supreme power.
In addition Mr Child is somewhat naive about the BBC. Where it was once a national treasure it now presents a totally biased view on many issues, in particular, Brexit and global warming. It has become a mouthpiece for the metropolitan liberal elite and needs root and branch reform. It is damaging the country by its instinctive support for those who attempt to deprecate our nation.
Kent Messenger - 30th August 2018
John Cobbett returns to what has become a recurring theme with supporters of remaining in the EU, that there should be a second referendum, something which the more arrogant among them call A People's Vote, completely ignoring the fact that we had such a vote in June 2016. Of course it is transparently obvious that they are trying to rig such a referendum by suggesting that it be a three way choice: leave under the terms of the disgraceful Chequers fudge, leave with No Deal, or remain in the EU, thus splitting the Leave vote and ensuring that the Remainers win.
Perhaps one should consider the reality of what this would mean, should they succeed in such gerrymandering. A decision taken by the largest democratic vote in our history would have been ignored, and the clearly expressed will of the people treated with utter contempt. Do those who are attempting to do this have any idea what it would mean for the future of democracy in this country?
Daily Telegraph - 29th August 2018
Jake Berry is quite right in his comments regarding support for Brexit in the North.
Those who wish to see the UK continue to be subservient to Brussels are the London based liberal elite, and so called intelligentsia, supported by the BBC, all of whom have more in common with their counterparts in the EU than they do with their compatriots.
The EU referendum was won largely thanks to the working class vote of the North, for whom the selfish denizens of North London have nothing but contempt.
Kent Messenger - 23rd August 2018
I agree with the comments made by Anthony Lang, concerning the recent article by Boris Johnson about the wearing of the burka. However the extent to which the refusal of the losers in the EU referendum to accept a democratic decision is poisoning public debate is clearly evident in the absurd overreaction to the latter. Mr Johnson takes the liberal view that the excessive covering worn by Islamist women should not be banned, but he does so in his normal lighthearted manner. Many Muslim women, plus a significant number of their own Imans, feel that he did not go far enough, in that they believe the practice discussed is not a requirement of Islam, and indeed is a device to keep women in a subservient position, yet he is attacked for so called Islamophobia.
It is obvious that the supporters of the UK remaining under the control of the EU are using this totally specious accusation in an attempt to discredit one whom they believe to be the main architect of Brexit, while the Labour party is grateful for anything which will distract attention from the truly horrific rise of anti Semitism within their ranks.
The hard left share with the Islamists a complete lack of a sense of humour, and take offence even when none is intended. As a Catholic I remember the way in which the comedian Dave Allen used to mock the Catholic Church, how nuns have often been compared to penguins, and that the TV series Father Ted, while funny, was quite vicious at times in its lampooning of Catholic priests. However most of us are secure enough in our faith to recognize that these things are irrelevant to our beliefs.
The true scandal is that free speech in this country is under attack by those who cannot tolerate even the slightest deviation from their ideology, or their political convictions, so seek to silence those who dare to disagree with them. All who believe in the right to speak freely should support Mr Johnson.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 17th August 2018
As the hour of freedom from the EU approaches so supporters of Brussels, such as your correspondent Elizabeth Riminton-Drury, seek to deny the will of the people by making ridiculous assertions about the 2016 referendum.
The claim that the winning side should be ignored because of unsubstantiated, and denied, charges about minor financial irregularities would be risible, if it were not so serious. We know how the Remainers were given a free propaganda gift of nine million pounds when Cameron's government sent their pro EU leaflet to every home, while the resources made available to the Remain side from self interested businessmen dwarfed anything given to the Leave campaign.
When considering this issue we are told that the Electoral Commission rejects any case against the Europhiles, yet constantly reopens those concerning those from the Leave side. However we now know, as if it were any surprise, that this body is not unbiased, but is a creature of the liberal establishment.
Sir John Holmes, the chairman, since January 2017, said that he "regretted the result of the referendum" and complained about the "panoply of Eurosceptic nonsense about the EU" heard during the campaign, Professor David Howarth, a commissioner since October 2014, has publicly asked whether it was "morally acceptable" to "press on with invoking article 50", Lord Horam, again a commissioner since October 2014, and once a member of the SDP, said "it will make sense not to leave the EU" while Bridget Prentice a commissioner since May 2014, was justice minister under Tony Blair. Anyone who believes that a body of ten, with it being clear that at least four members strongly support Remain, is impartial, obviously also believes in the Easter Bunny and Father Christmas.
Ms Riminton-Drury raises the nonsense peddled by the new 'Project Fear' with talk of food shortages, and traffic chaos, none of which have the slightest reality outside the overheated imaginations of the Remainers.
Contrary to her assertion that the result should be ignored our democracy deserves, indeed demands, that the decision taken by the people should be honoured, if that democracy is to survive.
Kent Messenger - 16th August 2018
Your correspondent Terry Wright is attempting to perpetuate two myths concerning those of us who support leaving the EU. He describes us as Europhobes, implying that we are motivated by a hatred, or fear, of the Europeans, but it is not the latter whom we oppose, but the undemocratic, bureaucratic dictatorship centred in Brussels. He obviously does not realise that there are vast numbers of those living on the continent who share our detestation of the EU. Secondly he seems to believe it is the rich which support Brexit to the detriment of others, while in fact it is the working class who have suffered from membership of the EU, as is evidenced by the fact that the 2016 referendum was won by the Labour voters of the North, and that very many principled Labour politicians such as Gaitskill, Tony Benn, Michael Foot and Peter Shore were implacably opposed to the UK being a member.
John Corbett falsely claims that only a minority supported Brexit in 2016, arrogantly declares that they did not know what they voted for, and then wants a second referendum, when the first has not been implemented. Evidently he does not believe in honouring democratic decisions.
Your other correspondent David Savory, while clearly not a supporter of Remain, is deceived as to the intent of the Treaty of Rome. As those such as Enoch Powell and Tony Benn pointed out at the time of the 1975 referendum the Treaty makes clear that its ultimate aim is the creation of a United States of Europe. Unfortunately they were not listened to at the time, but now no one can be in any doubt that that is still the raison d'etre of the EU.
The only way to preserve the existence of our country as an independent nation, and to save our democracy is to make a clean break with the whole project.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 10th August 2018
Your correspondent Andrew Fry has the effrontery to claim that the shambles the government is making of Brexit is a reason to abandon the latter, when the real reason for the chaos is the determination of the Remainers to use every delaying tactic available to frustrate the wishes of the majority of the electorate that we leave the EU. If the political class had put democracy ahead of their own self interest we would already have left, and what is required is that the result of the referendum be fully honoured immediately.
As far as the idea that youngsters, the majority of whom who have not yet been obliged to take on the responsibilities of home, family etc. should be included in the vote, this is just a device by Remainers who think, perhaps incorrectly, that the young are more gullible, and will vote their way. It may come as a surprise to Mr Fry, but it is not only teenagers who have a future.
One wonders what those such as Mr Fry would do if he got his way and a second referendum was held, again lost by the Remainers. Best of five perhaps?
Catholic Times - 3rd August 2018
As the day of freedom for the UK from the grip of the EU approaches the supporters of our remaining subservient to Brussels, such as Christopher Graffius, are seeking to revive 'Project Fear' by claiming that leaving without a deal would be a disaster, something which is just not true.
In his latest article Mr Graffius describes Britain after Brexit as 'isolated', a ridiculous description when one considers that we would still be, inter alia, one of the five permanent members of the UN security council; the mother country of the Commonwealth, a truly global and developing organisation, unlike the economically declining EU; the fountainhead of the English language, and the Anglosphere; a member of the 'five eyes', which brings the UK, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand into the world's most complete and comprehensive intelligence alliance; the most important member of NATO after the USA. All this quite apart from having a worldwide cultural and political influence quite beyond the powers of the inward looking nations of continental Europe.
Mr Graffius also claims that Brexit affects the poorer members of society adversely, yet it is membership of the EU which has damaged the interests of the working class, something which the results of the EU referendum highlighted, as the Labour strongholds of the North and elsewhere voted by large majorities to leave, while the Labour Party, until the advent of 'New Labour' always knew this, as is evidenced by the anti EU position taken by, to list just a few, Attlee, Gaitskill, Tony Benn, Michael Foot, and indeed Jeremy Corbyn, prove.
Those who oppose Brexit are the spoilt and selfish members of the pseudo liberal elite, bureaucrats, bankers and big business. In reality a 'No deal' Brexit would be the best possible option, as we should then make a clean break and could ensure that the true interests of people were given the priority they deserve.
Catholic Times - 27th July 2018
Father Marsden's comments concerning Brexit show that he has no understanding of the reality of the European Union, nor of the reasons people oppose British association with it.
Far from being a benign organisation seeking to improve the lives of its citizens its raison d'etre is to create a single European state, to be run by an unelected elite, primarily for the advantage of the political and bureaucratic class, enabling bankers and big business to exploit the people without fear of being checked by any sort of democratic control.
Those of us who oppose it are not, as Farther Marsden avers 'ultra right capitalists', but rather democrats who consider it to be a nothing less than a capitalist club which will suppress the ordinary working person. If one looks at the voting patterns of the EU referendum it is clear that the most consistent and heartfelt opposition comes from the working class areas of the North, not the middle class enclaves of London. If it were not so then why would the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, an acknowledged left wing politician, have been an opponent of membership for his entire political career, and why would there be so many trade unionists disagreeing with their own leaders about supporting Brussels?
Kent Messenger - 26th July 2018
I have just returned from the USA where, contrary to the impression given by much of the British media, many Americans are very happy with President Trump, as he speaks in support of his country, and for its ordinary citizens.
However I returned to a Britain where the political elite is set on appeasing the arrogant rulers of the EU, and clearly intend to betray the electorate by implementing a Brexit in name only.
If this is allowed to stand then democracy is indeed dead in these islands.
Daily Express - 17th July 2018
Justin Greening is clearly trying to split the Leave vote with her proposals for a three way referendum.
Remainers should be told that the referendum result must be honoured, and any subsequent vote could only take place after we have been outside the EU for at least ten years. To repeat a vote before it has been implemented is a negation of democracy.
Kent Messenger - 21st June 2018
Your correspondent Mike Thompson describes my views on the EU as a tired mantra, but I like to think that, had I been politically active in the 1930s I would have, like Churchill, been consistently anti Nazi until the regime was destroyed, and not suddenly have decided that enough had been said before that point. In the same way the EU was, is, and always will be, an undemocratic bureaucratic dictatorship, and I will express my opposition to it until its final collapse, and relegation to the dustbin of history.
As far as the accusation by Mr Thompson that I reject the British values of democracy and free speech are concerned this is rich indeed from someone who clearly refuses to accept the decision taken by the largest ever democratic vote in our history. I do not deny that the European Movement has the right to state their opinions, but equally I have the right to point out that they are not merely talking nonsense, and ignoring reality, but are seeking to totally ignore the wishes of the majority of the British people.
Those such as Mr Thompson have a habit of referring to unsuccessful anti EU candidates as failed which is indeed risible, considering that, despite the support of the entire establishment, their side failed utterly in the EU referendum.
Finally he claims that nobody appears to understand what Brexit means so, as I do, let me spell it out for him simply. It was never about secondary matters, such as finance or trade. The crux of the matter is the desire of the British people to live in a country where they have the right to elect representatives to their own sovereign parliament to govern the country, and not to be forced to accept rule by unelected, and immoveable, bureaucrats in Brussels. That, and that alone, is the essence of Brexit.
Daily Mail - 20th June 2018
The government has confirmed that the financial advantages of leaving the EU will ensure that the NHS will receive an increase of even more than the original 350 million pounds per week claimed by the supporters of the Leave campaign.
Remainers owe an apology to the latter for continually questioning the promised Brexit dividend, but I am not holding my breath. Those in thrall to the EU would rather pay Brussels billions in membership fees than see the money spent on the health service.
BBC History Magazine - 1st July 2018
George Claeys is too kind in his assessment of Marx and Marxism. Those intellectuals seduced by the latter like to claim that it is based on science but, as the article admits, Marx claimed that the revolution would of necessity take place in countries with an industrial proletariat, when in fact it was the essentially undeveloped countries of Russia and China where it occurred. This basic flaw completely undermines the so called historical materialism of Marx, and justifies those such as Karl Popper describing Marxism as pseudo-scientific.
In reality Marxism is yet another of those all encompassing schemes emanating from the mainland European intellectual and political classes, such as Fascism, Nazism and forced political integration which attract support from elites but which prove to be a disaster for the ordinary people.
The kind of democratic socialism which emerged in the UK from the chapels and the unions, but which is despised by ideologues of the left, and which reached its apogee under Attlee, offers far more to humanity than the failed nostrums of Marx and his apologists.
Sunday Telegraph - 10th June 2018
I have read the columns by Christopher Booker for many years, agreeing with the vast majority of his comments on the EU and global warming, and I have also bought and admire his books on the same subject.
However, since we voted for freedom in June 2016 he has taken on the role of what we used to call 'Mary, Mary, quite contrary', in that he is now obsessed with staying in the EEA, and claims that we cannot actually leave the EU entirely.
What he, and other faint-hearts, do not realise is that this country needs only to stand firm to defeat the apparatchiks of Brussels. Let us make clear that we will pay them nothing, that any actions they take against us will be fully reciprocated, and that we will refuse co-operation on everything, including technology and security, if they treat us as adversaries.
Britain is not some supplicant third world republic seeking favours, but is the nation to which much of Europe owes their freedom. We need to show self respect and fortitude in facing down these arrogant bullies.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 8th June 2018
Alan Bullion, a dedicated supporter of the EU, would have us believe that a group of Remainers, asking questions in the street, in the only town in Kent which voted Remain, justifies overturning the result of the EU referendum in which seventeen and a half million people voted to leave, a clear majority.
Given the treatment Italy is receiving at the hands of the EU it is astonishing that anyone in this country can still believe that the UK should remain a member.
Despite the desire of the Italian people, as expressed at the ballot box, to put an end to rule from Brussels, the Italian president Sergio Mattarella, an unelected place man, is obeying the EU and Berlin in overriding the wishes of the electorate in order, as he puts it, to prevent investors being upset. The equivalent in this country would be to deny Jeremy Corbyn the premiership, should he win an election, on the grounds that it would upset City financiers. The mindset of Brussels can be seen from the comments by Gunter Oettinger, the German EU commissioner for budget and HR, who said "The markets will teach the Italians to vote for the right thing", a blatant anti democratic statement illustrating the contempt with which the EU holds the wishes of the people.
The architects and rulers of the EU operate within the same paradigm as Lenin and his Bolshevik party, where practical realities were not allowed to change the course they had set, no matter how many people had to suffer in order for the project to continue. The argument that the ends justifies the means led to the horrors of the Stalinist purges, and now the determination of the apparatchiks of Brussels to create a single European state is sacrificing the people of Greece, Italy and other Southern European states on the altar of the Euro and will, if unchecked destroy democracy itself.
Brexit is our means of escaping this fate and we should grasp it with both hands. Those such as Alan Bullion long ago nailed their colours to the mast of a sinking ship, and will no doubt still be singing its praises as it disappears beneath the waves.
Kent Messenger - 7th June 2018
Last Saturday my wife and I spent a sunny day in the delightful town of Whitstable, but our pleasure was somewhat lessened by encountering a stall run by the European Movement, proffering leaflets demanding a second referendum on Brexit. Quite apart from the obvious fact that result of the first referendum has not been implemented, and must not be ignored, it amazes me the extent to which people can delude themselves in the face of reality, as, given the treatment Italy is receiving at the hands of the EU, it is astonishing that anyone in this country can still believe that the UK should remain a member.
Despite the desire of the Italian people, as expressed at the ballot box, to put an end to rule from Brussels, the mindset of the rulers of the EU can be seen from the comments by Gunter Oettinger, the German EU commissioner for budget and HR, who said "The markets will teach the Italians to vote for the right thing", a blatant anti democratic statement illustrating the contempt with which the EU holds the wishes of the people.
The apparatchiks of Brussels are using the argument that the ends justifies the means as they seek to create a single European state, and so are sacrificing the people of Greece, Italy and other Southern European states on the altar of the Euro and will, if unchecked destroy democracy itself.
The European Movement should devote their energies to making Brexit a success, not undermining it. Unfortunately they long ago nailed their colours to the mast of a sinking ship, and refuse to recognize that it will soon disappear beneath the waves. Brexit is our means of escaping this fate and we should grasp it with both hands.
Mature Times - 1st June 2018
You ask for opinions regarding the Commonwealth. Now that we have thankfully decided to leave the European Union it is time we turned our attention to making the most of our strengths, and none is more important than our relations with the Commonwealth. The latter is on track to become a truly major economic force in the next few decades, as, for example, India is expected to become the largest country by population by the middle of the century, and with the potential to rival China in the economic sphere.
For historical reasons we have much more in common with the members of the Commonwealth than we ever did with the continental Europeans, and not only because some of the most important, such as Canada, Australia and New Zealand share our language. They, and many others, also have legal systems derived from ours, and their outlook on a great number of issues is similar to that of the UK. We have large numbers of citizens who have made their home here from Commonwealth nations, and perhaps we might even soon have a Prime Minister from one of these minorities, such as Priti Patel, whose patriotism and belief in this country outshines that of many British politicians.
If we develop these growing markets, and also work closely with our cousins in the USA, the future can indeed be bright for us as a nation orientated globally, not confined to the shrinking economic bloc of the EU.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 1st June 2018
In his defence of the attempts by the House of Lords to block Brexit Richard Landolt illustrates why those such as himself are so in love with the European Union, as the two bodies share identical characteristics. A group of unelected elitists are seeking to entrench rule of the UK by an organisation which is controlled by precisely the same sort of people, arrogantly ignoring the wishes of the electorate as they try to retain power in their own selfish interests.
Probably for the first time in its history the Lords is nothing more than a depositary for failed members of the so called liberal establishment, where the Liberal Democrats, a party which commands almost no support in the country, nevertheless controls hundreds of votes, which they have no hesitation in casting in opposition to the clearly expressed will of the people, as evidenced in the EU referendum.
Mr Landolt claims that this is how democracy works are nonsense, as the prejudices of a few hundred unelected, and apparently immovable, thwarted former politicians and ex bureaucrats must not be allowed to override a decision taken by the largest democratic vote ever seen in this country, if democracy is to have any meaning.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 25th May 2018
My wife and I attended the special cinema screening of the 75th Anniversary celebration of the Dam Busters raid and, although I have seen the film many times before, I still found it inspiring. To see young men from nations such as New Zealand, Australia, Canada, South Africa and the USA joining their British comrades in putting patriotism and duty before their personal safety, as they struck a major blow at a continental tyrant was truly exhilarating, and the manner in which British ingenuity triumphed, overcoming the usual bureaucratic inertia of the Civil Service with the support of a great leader in Downing Street, should be a lesson to us now.
The end of the film was greeted with applause in the cinema, which says much about the true feelings of the British people now about the oft derided values which so shaped, and saved us, in the 1940s.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 18th May 2018
Although a strong believer in democracy, and aware of the unelected nature of the House of Lords, I have in the past supported its existence, primarily as a body for revising legislation which an inept Commons has produced, or as a means of providing advice to governments. However in recent years the Lords, rather than consisting of senior and experienced figures, has become a depositary for party hacks whose only reason for inclusion has been the convenience of the party leaders.
As a consequence we now have a Lords where the liberal elite, particularly those from the Liberal Democrat party, enjoy a gross over representation, and they are using that fact to undermine the democratic decision taken by the public over Brexit. While it is sensible to have a second chamber, which can perform the sort of duties mentioned above, it is time that the current House of Lords was reformed in order that politicians whose time has gone cannot frustrate the wishes of the people as they are currently trying to do.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 11th May 2018
Unsurprisingly, despite the result of the EU referendum, Richard Underhill continues to sing the same old refrains of the Remainers. First he states that a the judgement of MPs should be paramount, yet this ignores the fact that the majority of those in the Commons will put their self interest, in preserving their career advancement via the EU, ahead of those of the nation. Now he implies that those who voted to leave did so to rid themselves of David Cameron, a new, and completely risible accusation, as it is rule by Brussels to which the people object, not the fortunes of transitory political figures.
His arrogant assertion that not all British citizens were allowed to vote because the voting age remains at 18 ignores the fact that children younger than that do not have sufficient life experience to make this sort of decision. For the most part they have not had to find work, buy a house, seek major medical attention, or bring up children of their own. I take it that, should the Remainers lose another referendum in which such youngsters did vote, those such as Mr Underhill would then demand that the voting age be lowered to 10.
The reality is that, should the Remainers succeed in preventing Brexit then the British people will have to drain the cup to the final bitter dregs, as they see the last vestiges of democracy replaced by bureaucratic dictatorship, the descendants of those who won two world wars sent to fight in the interests of the EU, in other words of Germany, and any hopes of economic prosperity sacrificed, leading to levels of unemployment comparable to the nations of Southern Europe, which are being stretched on the rack of the failed project of the single currency.
The baby to which Mr Underhill refers is in fact a monster, which should be thrown out without delay.
Catholic Times - 11th May 2018
The Bishop of Paisley is quite right to rise the question of BBC bias, but of course this now far exceeds merely antipathy to Catholics.
During the Second World War the BBC spoke for the nation, but now it only speaks for the metropolitan liberal elite. It claims to be concerned about diversity, but this only extends to concentrating on the rights of sexual and social minorities, allowing no such diversity when it comes to political opinions, or respect for free speech.
Those it represents are for the most part atheists so, while carefully avoiding criticism of Islam, the BBC treats all Christians as some sort of deranged bigots, whose religious objections to such matters as abortion or gay marriage must be regarded as, at best old fashioned, at worse, a form of hate crime.
The BBC is also in the vanguard of those determined to consider those who reject the left liberal consensus on such matters as Brexit, law and order, or defence, as either dinosaurs who should be ignored, or merely morons, who can be patronised, and whose views can be brushed aside by an elite which claims to know best.
It is far past time for a root and branch reform of the BBC to restore it to at least a semblance of the impartial organisation intended by Lord Reith.
Times of Tunbridge Wells - 9th May 2018
The Labour party, together with allies in other parties, constantly accuses those who support Brexit of being racists, merely because they do not wish the UK to be ruled by bureaucrats located a foreign capital.
Your report on the local Labour party branch clearly illustrates that it that organisation which harbours racist views, as illustrated by the rampant anti Semitism now prevalent throughout the national party. When an erstwhile branch chairman can state that institutional racism is embedded within the entire Labour movement it totally undermines the claim that Labour in some way occupies the moral high ground.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 4th May 2018
That the nature of the propaganda from the losers in the EU referendum is becoming ridiculous is illustrated by the article concerning the rise in hate crime against sexual minorities, in which this is attributed by unnamed persons to Brexit. This is nonsense, as the vast majority of those voting to leave the EU did so because they were tired of unelected bureaucrats being in control of so much of our country, and had absolutely nothing to do with any sort of hate crime.
Because the Remainers have such a weak case they constantly attempt to blacken the name of their opponents by accusing them of being xenophobes, unintelligent or ignorant and now they seek to accuse them of totally unrelated prejudices against minorities. I hope that the public recognize this tactic for what it is, and do not allow themselves to be deceived by such falsehoods.
Kent Messenger - 26th April 2018
John Cobbett, in his response to myself and Alf Archer, claims that opinion polls show an growing majority against Brexit, and that those under 50 are against leaving the EU. Would these be the same polls which stated, on the morning of the referendum, that the Remain side would win by twenty points, or those which have consistently failed to forecast the results of elections with any accuracy, from the last UK general election to the success of Donald Trump? I know many youngsters who are devoted supporters of leaving the EU.
Mr Cobbett also states that we would have to respect the ECJ if we wish to trade with the EU, but clearly we need do no more than the USA, China or any other major trading nations already do, while freedom to negotiate deals with the rest of the world will more than compensate for any problems with the EU. His belief that the straightjacket of the Euro is not the main cause of the problems of Greece is naive at best.
Finally he asserts that Brexiteers do not have solutions to possible problems, which is plainly not the case. We do not need, as he postulates, a Brexit fairy, as we have a great country which can prosper mightily once the dead hand of Brussels is removed from our affairs.
Daily Telegraph - 24th April 2018
It is surely time for members of those Conservative constituency committees whose MP is attempting to sabotage Brexit to put the interests of the nation before any personal loyalty they may feel to the individual. These people won their seats on a manifesto which explicitly promised to leave the Customs Union and to seek to defeat the government on this issue now is a negation of democracy.
Once again, when this letter appeared in the Daily Telegraph, I received an offensive letter from a moron, in which he quotes the following figures from the 2016 General election:
Votes for Mrs May and Brexsh*tt 13,635,293 (29.20)
Votes against Mrs May and Brexsh*tt 33,17,818 (70.98)
The letter then states: Could Brexsh*tt be even more deader than that?
Firstly it is a surprise that such an imbecile actually reads the Daily Telegraph. Perhaps his Mum read it to him while he sat in front of his computer in his bedroom.
Secondly, and more importantly, this idiot seems to think that all the votes not cast for the Conservatives count as anti Brexit, when the Labour party ran their campaign on a manifesto which promised to honour the result of the referendum, including leaving the Customs Union, and the Single Market, so that the votes for Labour do not count as anti Brexit.
Clearly, like so many Remainers, this ignoramus neither reads manifestos, nor understands that democracy means that a majority vote in a binding referendum should be accepted and acted upon by the political class.
Kent Messenger - 12th April 2018
Your correspondent John Cobbett lists a number of problems connected to Brexit that may, or may not, arise in the future and then declares that no one voted for these, which is self evident. However what he fails to mention is that, until June 2016, the electorate did not have the opportunity to vote for, inter alia, the destruction of the British fishing fleets by the Common Fisheries Policy, higher food prices, thanks to the Common Agricultural Policy, the replacement of British Common Law by the Napoleonic code of Corpus Juris, and the transfer of executive power from their elected representatives in Westminster to unelected bureaucrats in Brussels.
Once they did have the chance the British people voted against all the aforementioned, opting instead for the return of control of our country to our own parliament, and for Britain to turn back to being an independent, sovereign nation. Perhaps Mr Cobbett should ask the Greek people whether they ever voted to see their nation virtually destroyed by the idiocies of the EU's common currency.
Mr Cobbett arrogantly demands that the clearly expressed will of the people be ignored which, if granted, would abandon the great opportunities we have within our grasp, as a free nation once again, to rebuild our position as a global trading nation, and would reduce us to the status of a vassal province of a single European state. Has he never heard of accepting a democratic decision?
Kent and Sussex Courier - 30th March 2018
Remainers, such as Richard Underhill, are attempting to use the current crisis with Russia as part of their campaign to reverse Brexit, by equating the EU with NATO, when, in reality, they are two utterly different organisations. The latter is a military alliance of independent nations, acting in mutual defence, whereas the former is a political project, aiming at submerging its constituent states in one undemocratic entity. We should receive support from all the European nations concerning Russian aggression, as is in their interests, and has nothing to do with the EU.
Mr Underhill mentions Clement Attlee but he is obviously unaware that the latter, being a true patriot, would have condemned Russia, but also totally rejected any British involvement with the European project, which he regarded as inimical to democracy.
When Mr Underhill claims that Brexiteers are not the only patriots he might care to reflect that, for every past generation, anyone who actively wished to transfer the executive power from our elected representatives in London, to unelected bureaucrats in a foreign capital, would have been regarded as anything but patriotic.
Daily Express - 23rd March 2018
To award the production of the new British passports to a foreign firm may be a minor matter, except to those workers who may lose their jobs as a result, but as a symbolic gesture it is an insult to all those who voted for Brexit.
The fact that so many of the elite cannot see that there are more important matters than money is one of the reasons that their beloved EU was rejected by the electorate.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 9th March 2018
Supporters of the EU were out in such force in the latest edition of the Courier that it would be impossible to answer in detail, without writing an essay, so I will keep it simple.
The issue of UK involvement with the European project is not, and never has been, about money or trade. It concerns the preservation of the democracy we have spent centuries evolving in the face of an organisation that was designed to be, and is, undemocratic, giving power to unelected functionaries, appointed by unrepresentative elites. It would be as if we allowed the permanent secretaries of the Civil Service to run the country without any accountability to an elected body.
If the Remainers, lacking any belief in their country, and driven by their psychological need to be told what to do by a supranational entity, succeed in brushing aside the wishes of the British people, as expressed in the referendum, then democracy in this country is dead.
I do not say this because of any hope of personal advancement, or as a result of ignorance, but by virtue of over 40 years working in Whitehall, and seeing just how far the undermining of our democracy has gone since we joined the EU. I love my country and the democracy that we have built.
Kent Messenger - 3rd March 2018
Although it appears that we may have been lucky this time, and that the gas supplies have been sufficient to cater for the needs of the population during this short cold snap, we were warned that they might not. This is a direct result of the authorities choosing to appease the fanatical green lobby, whose unproven theories about anthropological climate change have resulted in our coal industry being in the process of closing down, and the benefits of fracking being ignored.
This policy is rendered even more insane, given that nations such as China are increasing the use of fossil fuels at an annual rate which exceeds the entire amount used by the UK. It is all very well in indulging the consciences of these zealots when it does not seem to inconvenience us, but how many people will be prepared to freeze during a really hard winter so that the former can pretend that they are morally superior to the common herd.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 23rd February 2018
There are fundamental flaws in the arguments put forward by John Champneys against Brexit. Firstly he claims that we can improve the EU from within, but this has been shown to be impossible, as every time we have proposed changes we have been voted down by the other members, while the efforts of David Cameron in attempting to renegotiate membership were totally failed. Secondly Parliament agreed that the result of the EU referendum would be implemented, so it was not merely advisory, as Mr Champneys claims, and lastly a representative form of government requires that the representatives are acting in the interests of their electorate not, as is obvious today, in their own selfish interests.
Allies of Mr Champneys are claiming that the European Arrest Warrant must be retained after Brexit, yet this iniquitous device has already been used to transfer innocent people from the UK to foreign jurisdictions, based on nothing more than unsubstantiated accusations approved by courts that lack the safeguards of those in Britain. Every Briton is vulnerable to extradition, without British judicial oversight, to nations where the lack of habeas corpus could see them languish in jail for an indefinite time, a clear breach of the rights we fought so long to establish.
Contrary to the claims of Mr Champney democracy demands that the result of the referendum be implemented at once, and in full.
Catholic Times - 16th February 2018
Once again Christopher Graffius is viewing the European situation through rose tinted spectacles. No one, whether for or against Brexit, wants anything but friendship with our European neighbours, but this does not mean that we must take part in the building of a single Continental state, run by unelected bureaucrats, which is far more likely to result in conflict, ignoring as it does the legitimate concerns of the peoples involved that they retain democratic control of their future. Already the arrogant ambitions of the EU have generated conflict in the Balkans, and provoked Russia into taking action in the Ukraine.
Mr Graffius quotes a German as believing that, in time, their large immigrant communities will become fully integrated. However this ignores the reality that, while those from similar nations will do so, those with a very different cultural and religious background are likely to prove very resistant to being submerged within the host community.
I am afraid that there is far too much wishful thinking in the article by Mr Graffius and a considerable dearth of realism.
Times of Tunbridge Wells - 14th February 2018
The claim by Martin Brice that the EU is the richest free trade area in the world is factually incorrect, as it is in reality a customs union, not a free trade organisation. In the same way that Kent is in a customs union with, for instance, Somerset, but the county cannot conclude free trade agreements of its own with other countries, so the same applies to the UK while a member of the EU. As trade with the rest of the EU is set to fall precipitously over the next decades we shall be infinitely better off once we can make our own deals with the rest of the world.
Andrew Wilcox repeats the canard, often repeated by the members of the comfortable middle class, that EU migrants are more likely to work than the British population, ignoring the fact that too many greedy businesses merely wish to use these people to undercut the wages of indigenous workers, making it uneconomic for the latter to take these jobs, as they who need to live in a country with a higher cost of living than that of the countries from which the migrants are coming.
The ordinary workers of this country have been exploited by the love affair of the liberal elite with the EU, and Brexit will rebalance the economy in favour of the less well off.
Mature Times - 1st February 2018
In answer to your query as to on what one should spent the 39 billion pounds being offered by the government to the EU I would first say that no such offer should be made, as all the other major trading powers buy from and sell to the EU without the requirement to pay them for the privilege.
However, to address the specific question, I would spend half on improving the NHS, particularly aiming at reducing waiting times, and the rest on the armed forces as, no matter however successful one might be in providing decent social services, these would mean little if we were to fall victim to aggression in an increasingly dangerous world.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 9th February 2018
As usual John Champneys chooses to ignore democratic decisions when he dislikes them, and compounds this by talking his habitual nonsense about the realities involved. Does he think that the USA or China submits itself to the European Court in order to trade with the EU, while his dismissal of the growing economic power of the Commonwealth is ridiculous, given that we have strong historic links with these nations, not possessed by any other country. His reference to Nigel Farage rather assumes that all Brexiteers regard the latter as some sort of oracle when in fact, having worked alongside him in the early days of UKIP, I am aware that he has no more right to speak for us all than does any other individual.
Finally, to ignore the clearly expressed choice of the British people in a referendum, which the politicians agreed would be binding, would frankly seem to me to be a total betrayal of the democracy which we have spent centuries creating.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 26th January 2018
My wife and I recently saw the film Darkest Hour and I feel that it should be required viewing for the younger generation. It is well known that these days many people seek to reassess the reputation of Churchill in a negative manner, but no amount of revisionism can obscure the fact that, had Halifax rather than he, become PM in 1940, Britain would have concluded a shameful peace with Hitler, who would then have gone on, unhindered by British action, to conquer Russia and the Middle East. Armed with all the naval fleets and industrial might of Eurasia he would then have turned on the USA, and completed his conquest of the world.
There is no doubt that without the courageous sacrifice of the Russian people, and the might and power of the USA, we would not have been able to defeat the Nazis, but history should remember that, of the three nations, only Britain went to war in defence of others, rather than reacting to an attack upon ourselves, and that, like Horatius, had we not held the bridge at the critical time, all would have been lost.
In the current climate of political correctness it has become fashionable to decry so much of our past, but humanity owes Churchill, and indeed this country, an enormous debt, for otherwise whole races would have been exterminated and civilisation itself destroyed.
Catholic Times - 19th January 2018
Mr McKenna insults the President of the United States, ignoring the fact that have a friend in the White House, who expressly supports Britain, and who is doing no more than implementing the policies which resulted in his election, but these undemocratic forces refuse to accept democratic decisions. Those who claim to care for democracy should remember that President Trump did not come to power in a coup but as a result of the democratic choice of the American people. As a billionaire businessman President Trump may seem a strange champion for the ordinary people, but the utter selfishness of the liberal elite has proved their undoing, and we should join with him in a crusade to put the interests of the less fortunate within our societies first.
Many foolish people in this country seize every opportunity to denigrate Mr Trump and to criticise his policies, often by personal attacks on him, not their content. It is deplorable that now many are seeking to imply that there is a moral equivalence to the stances taken by President Trump and Kim Jong-un. The latter is the latest in a dynasty of dictators, who have held sway sway over an oppressed and brainwashed population, while the former is the freely elected leader of the greatest democracy in the world. Should this confrontation result in military conflict the fault will lie with North Korea, not the USA, and only those with an inbuilt prejudice against anything the latter stands for cannot understand that fact. The world owes much to the USA, which has so often defended freedom, and those who inveigh against her should consider that for many years she has been our greatest ally against those who wish to destroy us both.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 19th January 2018
Your correspondent Harry Elliott has misunderstood my letter suggesting a return to Imperial measurements, as I thought I made it clear that I was discussing weights and measures, not currency.
As far as the comments by Paul Rowlandson about change, and a second referendum, are concerned, the point is that nothing has so far altered, as we are still a member of the EU, and therefore the result of the 2016 vote has not yet been implemented. Any future referendum should only take place after we have been completely free for at least ten years, when the electorate could decide whether they wished the government of the time to apply to rejoin. I am absolutely confident that, by then, the benefits of the decision to leave would be so obvious that no such application would be approved by the voters.
The idea that that a second referendum should be held now, just because the Remainers are bad losers, is totally undemocratic, and is of course the means by which the Brussels bureaucrats have overridden the will of the people throughout Europe, demanding that voters think again if they fail to support the diktats of the EU establishment. The result in 2016 was clear and should be honoured without further delay.
Daily Mail - 17th January 2018
Those advocating a second EU referendum are deliberately ignoring the fact that nothing has so far altered, as we are still a member of the EU, and therefore the result of the 2016 vote has not yet been implemented. Any future referendum should only take place after we have been completely free for at least ten years, when the electorate could decide whether they wished the government of the time to apply to rejoin. I am absolutely confident that, by then, the benefits of the decision to leave would be so obvious that no such application would be approved by the voters.
The idea that that a second referendum should be held now, just because the Remainers are bad losers, is totally undemocratic, and is of course the means by which the Brussels bureaucrats have overridden the will of the people throughout Europe, demanding that voters think again if they fail to support the diktats of the EU establishment. The result in 2016 was clear and should be honoured without further delay.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 12th January 2018
Now that we have thankfully decided to leave the European Union it is time we turned our attention to making the most of our strengths, none more important than our relations with the Commonwealth. The latter is on track to become a truly major economic force in the next few decades, as, for example, India is expected to become the largest country by population by the middle of the century, and with the potential to rival China in the economic sphere. For historical reasons we have much more in common with the members of the Commonwealth than we ever did with the continental Europeans, and not only because some of the most important, such as Canada, Australia and New Zealand share our language. They, and many others, also have legal systems derived from ours, and their outlook on a great number of issues is similar to that of the UK. We have large numbers of citizens who have made their home here from Commonwealth nations, and perhaps we might even soon have a Prime Minister from one of these minorities, such as Priti Patel, whose patriotism and belief in this country outshines that of many British politicians.
If we develop these growing markets, and also work closely with our cousins in the USA, the future can indeed be bright for us as a nation orientated globally, not confined to the shrinking economic bloc of the EU.
Kent Messenger - 11th January 2018
Your correspondent John Cobbett appears to criticise Brexit on the basis that blue passports appear to be the only popular victory so far. It is the latter qualifier that is important, as the true victories are yet to come, once the die hard Remainers have been defeated, and we have truly left the EU. Not only will, inter alia, the billions we pay in membership fees, and the costs involved in enforcing ridiculous regulations dreamed up by Brussels bureaucrats, be available to spend on the matters he mentions, such as the NHS, but we will also restore control of our country to our own elected representatives.
Removing the dead hand of the European Commission from our affairs will make any transitional difficulties seem very minor, as we shall benefit for ever from regaining our democracy and freedom.
The Tablet - 7th January 2018
In his recent article about the EU referendum Clifford Longley is mistaken on all counts.
Firstly I, and those who like me voted to leave the EU, were not motived by any animus against our fellow Europeans, nor were we influenced by any efforts the Russians may, or may not have made in relation to the vote. Those who wish to be part of the EU believe, mistakenly, that we benefit economically from doing so, while we are concerned about the less tangible but immensely more valuable matters of democracy and the right to govern ourselves. Physical nourishment is not sufficient for a healthy life, as man also has spiritual needs, and we also have the need for freedom and the right to follow our own destiny. Clearly those whose main priority is short term financial gain will never find common ground with those who value other qualities more highly. The irony in all of this is that the Remainers are wrong in thinking that we must sacrifice our economic prospects in order to leave the EU as, in reality, we shall become more prosperous once we are free to follow our own path. It is bad enough to throw away one's freedom for a perceived financial advantage but even worse if one's grounds for doing so are fallacious.
Mr Longley is also wrong about the issue of parliamentary sovereignty. The sad truth is that the professional politicians can no more be trusted to vote to implement Brexit than turkeys could be expected to vote for Christmas. If we free ourselves from the EU then they will no longer be able to look forward to the culmination of their careers being a very well paid sinecure in the European parliament, or its overweening bureaucracy, while, in their time as MPs, they would not be able to hide behind the excuse that they cannot do what their constituents wish, as the executive competence has passed to Brussels. As far as the Lords are concerned, despite the presence of some doughty fighters for British independence, such as Lord Stoddart of Swindon, too many are the relics of the era of Heath and Wilson, whose unwavering support for Brussels eclipses any consideration of the interests, or the wishes of the British people.
The attitude being taken by many parliamentarians must concern all who believe in democracy. Over recent decades we have seen the creation of what amounts to a modern version of the Roman Republic's cursus honorum, where members of the elite moved up the ladder of political power, from Quaestor to Consul, a system which endured until undermined by the machinations of Marius and Sulla, thus paving the way for the Caesars. Now we see a similar oligarchy in Westminster where so many in parliament move from student politics to become political assistants, then political advisors, before receiving their reward as MPs or MEPs, without ever working in the real world inhabited by those they claim to represent. In this they have much more in common with their fellow continental politicians than they do with the ordinary British voter.
In truth we face the uncomfortable fact that the clearly expressed desire of the people may yet be negated by the manoeuvrings of those supposedly representing them, but who will put their self interest first. This could lead to a constitutional crisis and it is clear that the battle is far from over. This fight is not about economics but relates to greater aspirations for freedom and democracy.
Kent Messenger - 5th January 2018
As your columnist Ed McConnell find Brexit so boring one can only assume that, had he been around in the 1930s, he would have found the debate on rearmament equally uninteresting, despite the fact that it concerned the survival of the country.
Can he not see that the whole future of the nation depends on the result of Brexit, as either we once more become an independent, self governing democracy, or we accept relegation to the level of a province in a German dominated single European state. There is nothing boring about such a choice.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 5th January 2018
John Hurst may hope that the UK will stay within a quasi single market and customs union, but of course that is not what the people voted for in the referendum. The reality is that we can trade with the EU on precisely the same terms as do the USA, Russia and China, while paying them nothing for the privilege. It is only the Remainers such as Mr Hurst who wish to pay them as much as a brass farthing.
As far as Richard Landholt's poll figures are concerned has he already forgotten that the pollsters were projecting a win for the Remain campaign right up until the real vote, when the people showed just what they thought of his beloved EU. It is past time that he, and those that think like him, accepted that they lost, and join the rest of us in making a success of our freedom from this protectionist and declining body.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 5th January 2018
While it is excellent news that, following Brexit, we are to receive back our blue UK passports, the effect is largely symbolic, and another change which would certainly be popular would be the restoration of Imperial measurements. It may be that scientists and engineers would need to continue with metric measurements, but there is absolutely no reason why the system should be used in day to day life. It is worth noting that our greatest ally, the USA, has not adopted metric measurements, and has no intention of doing so.
The metric system was originally enforced by Napoleon but it is reputed that he personally did not favour doing so, because he considered it largely disconnected from everyday experience. While we can easily relate measurements such as a foot or inch to the real world the metre, and its subdivisions, are soulless concepts.
Some complain that there would be problems, as youngsters have been brought up on the metric system, and would not understand the Imperial, but of course the same argument applied in reverse, when the UK government tried to abolish the latter. Contrary to the beliefs of so called progressives what can be changed can also be changed back.
While this will necessitate those arrogant public and private bodies, who decided to install illegal signs in metres and kilometres, to replace them, that is a small price to pay, and the overall change will be a fine memorial to those who fought for many years against local councils who prosecuted street traders for daring to offer the public what they wanted, not what the bureaucrats demanded.
Daily Telegraph - 1st January 2018
The arrogance of Lord Adonis is unbounded, referring to the democratic will of the British people as a spasm, while his ignorance is unlimited, failing to recognize that there are probably more on the left than the right of the political spectrum who loathe the EU, and whose support won the referendum for the Leave campaign. This conceited peer should be told, as Clement Attlee said to Harold Laski, a period of silence on your part would be welcome.
Kent Messenger - 28th December 2017
Readers should not allow the busy run-up to Christmas to distract them from the political maelstrom into which this country may plunge at any moment. The current situation in the Conservative party resembles that when Sir Robert Peel enacted the repeal of the Corn Laws, not because Mrs May is motivated by any great principle, as was Peel, but rather because her weak and appeasing stance will inevitably result in her own party being justifiably being eclipsed for many years, as the electorate will see that it lacks the will to even conserve our democracy by defying the EU.
Catholic Times - 15th December 2017
While I do not believe that religious leaders should divorce themselves from politics I feel that the remarks by Cardinal Canizares concerning Catalonian independence are ill judged.
When a majority of a people with an historically distinct identity express the democratic wish to become an independent state then they should be permitted to do so. While I doubt very much that the people of Scotland would benefit by becoming a separate nation I would never say that they should not be permitted to do so, and surely no one would claim that the people of Eire should have been prevented from becoming independent of the UK.
Great blame must attach to the government of Spain for using unnecessary force to stop the referendum in Catalonia, as, had they merely let it go ahead, then the chances are that the result would not have been a majority for independence, something which looks far more likely now.
It is not good enough to say that the national law prevent referenda, as not all laws are of themselves worthy of being observed, if they run counter to true democracy. After all the Nuremberg Laws of Nazi Germany were the law of the land, but no decent person could be expected to obey them.
In his comments, and in particular those directed at the Bishop of Solsona, the Cardinal puts himself firmly on the side of those, such as the unelected bureaucratic rulers of the EU, who attach greater importance to maintaining the status quo, rather than recognizing the legitimate desire of peoples to take control of their own affairs.
London Evening Standard - 5th December 2017
While the people of Eire have a valid interest in the border with Northern Island it would not be democratic for the concerns of a foreign country with a population of less than five million to override the clearly expressed choice of the UK, a nation of over sixty million. Whatever solution is arrived at it must not include the latter remaining within the customs union or the single market.
Daily Telegraph - 21st November 2017
At a time when we need extra funding for such vital causes as the NHS, and a massive increase in house building, many of our politicians appears willing to pay the EU tens of billions of pounds, merely in order to obtain trading rights which nations such as the USA and China enjoy without charge.
The Telegraph has made clear the reasons for these extortionate demands, highlighting warnings that areas such as Andalucia in Spain, Sardinia in Italy and the Ardennes in Belgium will lose funding for projects once the British contributions cease. The question must be why on earth should our people ever have been obliged to suffer deficiencies in our hospitals etc. in order to finance such matters.
Our politicians must not be allowed to pay the bribes demanded by Brussels.
Catholic Times - 3rd November 2017
I always used to wonder why civil wars seemed to arose so much more passion than wars between states but after 16 months since the EU referendum I can now understand. You can only call decent, law abiding fellow citizens, who are concerned for the survival of their democracy, xenophobes, racists, morons or gullible fools so many times before provoking even the normally stoic British into feeling great resentment, or even intense dislike. If those who supported Remain should succeed in overturning the decision taken last year, do they really think that they can just expect the majority to tamely accede to their demands? The potential for a massive dislocation of our society grows every day as democracy itself is undermined by the selfish actions of those who refuse to accept the clear result of a democratic vote.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 27th October 2017
During the Second World War my parents suffered the destruction of their house in the Blitz, and lost members of their family on active duty, yet, along with the vast majority of the British people, they remained resolute and determined in the face of the German war machine, eventually seeing victory won. Now we are being treated to the nauseating spectacle of our political class begging unelected Brussels bureaucrats, operating as agents of Berlin, for crumbs from their table. In doing so they are treating with contempt the democratic will of seventeen million Britons, and exposing this country to a national humiliation, merely in order that they might protect their own self interest.
Watching this ongoing exhibition of pusillanimous selfishness I feel physically sick. If the British people are really so sunk in apathy that they will allow this betrayal by the politicians when, to quote George Orwell, they could shake them off like a horse shakes off flies, then the country into which I was born, and loved all my life, is truly dead. It begs the question as to why we went to war in 1914 to prevent German hegemony in Europe, if we are now prepared tamely to bow the knee to Berlin.
Kent on Sunday - 22nd October 2017
A recent letter from one of your correspondents concerning the EU is so full of factual errors that it is unworthy of a response, but he clearly possesses all the arrogance of those on the Remain side. For many years those who oppose EU membership have have been described as xenophobes and racists by the Europhiles, and now they have added morons, or gullible fools, to the list, while too many of us have treated Remainers as misguided, but nevertheless decent people basically concerned with the future of the country. From now on we must describe them, and treat them, as either fools or knaves. The former are idiots, who refuse to recognize the truth about the EU, and swallow whole the propaganda pumped out by the BBC, and much of the media. They include all those business people, who completely fail to understand that the issue is not one of their profits, but of the survival of our democracy. The knaves, who know what is involved, yet still support it, are far worse. Those who genuinely wish to hand control of this country to an alien bureaucracy based in Brussels, are nothing less than agents of a foreign power.
As far as the continentals are concerned, while we seek friendship with the peoples, those who control the EU, in particular the European Commission, are not what our politicians call them, friends or partners, but opponents and indeed adversaries. They have treated the people of the this county as fools, and seek to humble the nation to which most of them owe the freedom they have enjoyed since the defeat of the totalitarians. Our useless political class may desire to crawl to them but, by doing so, they bring shame on us all, and should be rejected as unworthy to represent the British people.
If Brexit is reversed then democracy in this country no longer has any meaning. We shall be trapped in the EU until its internal contradictions destroy it, but that could take years, and our people will suffer under a foul dictatorship until then. The message must be Go now! and the enemies of democracy, both in parliament and outside, must be rejected by all decent people.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 20th October 2017
No nation is perfect but I believe that Britain to be one of the finest, and it is a country to whom the peoples of Europe owe a great debt, for, if it were not for our steadfastness in the 1940s, they would have been left to the tender mercies of the Nazis for generations. As far as the continentals are concerned, while we seek friendship with the peoples, the politicians have treated the people of the this county as fools, and seek to humble our nation. Our political class may desire to crawl to them but, by doing so, they bring shame on us all, and should be rejected as unworthy to represent the British people
Clearly there is no point in continuing to try and reason with the supporters of the Remain side in the EU referendum, as there are none so blind as those who will not see. However there are options open to the seventeen million who voted to leave the EU, and who are now being ignored. They should boycott all those businesses and publications which are run by those who support the EU, and make known that they are taking such action. While it may not always be possible we should factor in the Brexit dimension so that, for instance, we favour products of companies whose owners have declared for Brexit, drink in a public house chain whose CEO is a convinced opponent of the EU, choose an airline, and broadband supplier, not owned by a declared supporter of Brussels, buy goods from outside the EU, rather than from within, and consider taking foreign holidays in Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, the USA, etc, in preference to, in particular, Germany. The economic impact would make the EU, and their allies in the UK, squeal, and be not so gung-ho for bowing the knee to Brussels.
The ongoing campaign by the political establishment to undermine the will of the people means that we have reached a crisis for our democracy, and those very people should now make clear that they will not stand for such a betrayal.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 13th October 2017
The debacle of the Conservative party conference shows yet again that their leaders intend, as they always have, to put the narrow interests of their party before those of the country. The same sort of people who cheered Neville Chamberlain and his piece of paper, and voted with Edward Heath to declare themselves the party of Europe, are determined to negate the result of the EU referendum, in order that their friends in big business and the banks continue to benefit at the expense of the rest of the British people.
Now that Jeremy Corbyn has turned his back on his lifelong opposition to EU membership, and yielded to the Blairites in his party, it is past time for the electorate to realise that they are being taken for fools, and treated with contempt, by the political establishment. Only by pressurising these self interested politicians can we hope to achieve the sort of free and prosperous future that beckons outside the EU. The country has a once in a lifetime opportunity to reassert its place as a leader among the nations, which will be lost forever if we allow ourselves, as is desired by the supporters of the Remain campaign, to once again tamely submit to the diktats of Brussels bureaucrats.
Times of Tunbridge Wells - 20th September 2017
I assume that if the favourite football team of Ray Parkes lost in the FA Cup final he would demand that it be replayed until a different result was achieved. The Remain campaign comprehensively lost the referendum but, rather than accepting the outcome, demands that it be rerun until their side wins. This is of course the way in which the EU operates, having forced even the French to vote again over the Maastricht treaty, ensuring that they complied with the wishes of the Brussels bureaucrats.
As far as his statement about MPs is concerned, the fact is that we are leaving the EU, in accordance with the wishes of the people, so it is up to all our legislators to work towards that end, not to try to place their personal views above those of the electorate.
Daily Express - 15th September 2017
The state of the union speech by Jean-Claude Juncker vindicates all the warnings given by opponents of the European project over the imperial ambitions of the latter to create a single European state.
At the time of the 1975 referendum Enoch Powell and Tony Benn were derided for pointing out the ultimate aim was a United States of Europe, but now this is clear to all.
The implementation of a full Brexit is the only way to prevent the UK becoming merely a province in an European empire.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 8th September 2017
The short letters from Richard Landolt and R J Chellel manages to brilliantly encapsulate all the arrogance, ignorance and lack of self awareness that one expects of those who refuse to accept democratic decisions. As far as the latter correspondent is concerned I can assure him that, although once a subscriber to Private Eye, I ceased to be one when it became clear that the arrogant adolescents who run that magazine, despite years of pointing out all the irredeemable faults of the EU, have done nothing but belittle supporters of Brexit since the referendum. In addition, with reference to his implication that I write as a kind of Sir Herbert Gusset, he clearly does not comprehend that the most consistent and principled opponents of EU membership have always been on the left, not the right.
Mr Landolt claims that I use bluster and assertion, rather than argument and fact, are so blatantly at odds with the reality that they are risible. I have pointed out time and again that the EU is corrupt, as evidenced by its failure to have its accounts certified by its own accountants year after year, that is undemocratic, not merely because its architects Jean Monnet and Robert Schuman explicitly stated that it must be so, to prevent popular opinion impeding its progress, but because its structure is designed in such as way that the unelected bureaucrats of the European Commission are its true rulers, the European Parliament being nothing more than a well paid talking shop, whose members may not introduce primary legislation, can only reject proposals from the Commission in their entirety, unable to amend them, and may only speak on any subject for ninety seconds from the floor. That it is dysfunctional can be seen from the realities of the migrant crisis, caused by its insane open borders policy, and by its despicable treatment of the Greek people, reduced to penury on the orders of Germany. Enough facts for you Mr Landolt?
My opponents seem to find my letters boring so I can only suggest that they do not read them, and continue to live in their own Panglossian little world, where all is for the best in this best of possible worlds, provided of course that the European Commission says it is.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 1st September 2017
John Smallcombe asks about the position of supporters of Brexit regarding job losses attributed to our victory in the referendum. As a worker and lifelong trade unionist I naturally sympathize with those who have lost their jobs at Southern Salads, but one should remember that, well before June 2016, most financial analysts were constantly pointing out that the pound was grossly overvalued, and many companies with significant exposure to the exchange rate were taking steps to mitigate the inevitable correction. Those that did not were therefore vulnerable, whatever the result of the referendum, and that they should then blame the outcome of their negligence on Brexit is unacceptable.
More strategically, any major change, such as leaving the EU after forty years, would be bound to have some negative effects but, as Churchill said, weighty matters must be judged as a whole, and already we can see that large parts of British manufacturing are benefiting from the weaker pound, as is our tourist industry. When one adds to that the potential for much larger economic gains as we turn back to a global trading role, plus the fact that we are regaining the right to control our own affairs, without interference from Brussels, one can see that overall the country will be much better off as a sovereign nation once again. Those who attempt to claim that supporting Remain would have protected jobs are being disingenuous, as large numbers of workers from EU countries clearly reduces employment opportunities for the British people, and only by leaving the organisation can we stop this happening.
I have no doubt that in ten years time people will wonder why we ever hesitated in breaking free of the corrupt, dysfunctional and undemocratic European Union.
As far as the accusation that I am a far right supporter made by N Howe is concerned this is completely at odds with the facts. I was chairman of my union branch for twenty years, supported the Labour party until it was captured by those such as Blair, and share my anti EU position with true democratic socialists such as Labour representatives Kate Hoey MP, Kelvin Hopkins MP and Gisela Stuart (for twenty years Labour MP in Birmingham).
Daily Telegraph - 1st September 2017
Supporters of the Remain campaign who claim that leaving the EU is too difficult, or even impossible, are talking nonsense. Our involvement in the European project was an aberration, running counter to hundreds of years of British history, and it was inevitable that we would eventually recognize that fact and leave. For the sake of everyone the sooner the better.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 25th August 2017
In his criticism of me Geoff Marshall resorts to that most traditional form, play the man and not the ball, or, as a man of his obvious erudition would probably prefer to label it, an ad hominem attack.
I left my grammar school at the age of sixteen in order to join the work force so my letters may not meet the high standards expected by Mr Marshall, but I suspect that this would be of little concern to him, were he to agree with the sentiments expressed therein. He carefully avoids the issues about which I write, preferring to make, in his sarcastic, condescending and pompous way, assertions about the style in which I address them.
As the matter upon which I write most often is the need to break free of the EU I have no doubt that Mr Marshall is a supporter of the Remain side, yet he has the arrogance to accuse me of being a reactionary. In reality those of his persuasion have dominated the political life of this country for decades, and they are now reeling from finding that they have failed to convince the British people of the correctness of their position. In June 2016, in one of the greatest test of democratic opinion ever attempted in the UK, those supporting leaving the EU won a convincing victory but the reactionaries of the other side refuse to recognize this fact. It is radicals such as myself who have always refused to be complacent in the face of the encroaching bureaucratic dictatorship of Brussels, and it is no surprise that we find it necessary to repeat our arguments ad nauseam, for to do otherwise would leave the field open for those who prefer to make constant unsubstantiated and negative assertions about Brexit, usually, as with Mr Marshall, couched in an uncompromising and nasty manner.
Until the Thought Police silence us those who disagree with the boringly repetitive Remainers will continue to respond to their distortions of the truth. That, Mr Marshall, is how a democracy should work.
Catholic Times - 18th August 2017
Christopher Graffius and Father Marsden both seek to continue the discredited Project Fear, which so spectacularly failed at the time of the EU referendum. It is far more likely that the UK, and all of the British people, will actually benefit once we are free of the dead hand of the corrupt and incompetent Brussels bureaucracy, who have only this week been exposed as being as expert at greedily exploiting their expenses, as were so many of our own MPs a few years ago. Even were there to be a period of slower growth while the economy adapted to the new situation this would undoubtedly be worthwhile. In fact, to regain control over our own affairs, to save our democracy from bureaucratic dictatorship, to put an end to interference by foreign judges, and to have the freedom to trade globally would make any temporary monetary cost a bargain.
At least Mr Graffius has the honesty to admit that the decision to leave was not primarily motivated by economic reasons, but Father Marsden, in his comment about right wing delusions, shows that he completely fails to comprehend that opposition to membership of the EU has always been strongest on the left of the political spectrum, as is evidenced by the oft stated opinions of, among others, giants such as Attlee, Gaitskill, Tony Benn and Michael Foot and, more recently, Labour MPs such as Kate Hoey, Gisela Stuart and Kelvin Hopkins.
It is time that those who lost the referendum stopped opposing the will of the people and joined the national effort to make Brexit a resounding success.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 4th August 2017
As the date for our departure from the EU draws ever nearer the Remainers are becoming more and more hysterical in their efforts to convince us that we should reverse the decision taken at the referendum. Having comprehensively failed to make our flesh creep, like the fat boy in Pickwick Papers, with Project Fear they seem to have at least learned the lesson that the British people are concerned about matters other than the purely financial, so the warnings now emanating from the pro EU camp are taking a different tack. First they tell us that cancer patients will suffer because of our withdrawal from Euratom, despite it being pointed out that leaving the EU will not affect this one whit, as Switzerland is an associated member, without being a member of the EU. Now we have a scare story about chlorinated chicken, trumpeted by those such as the BBC, which seeks to derail a major post Brexit trade treaty between the two most important English speaking democracies, although American consumers have not suffered because of the practice, and it is merely an insignificant detail in a much greater discussion.
The Remainers in the Conservative party think they are winning, thanks to those such as Philip Hammond trying to undermine Brexit, but they should beware. It is becoming increasingly obvious that the long held Euroscepticism of Jeremy Corbyn is coming to the fore and, if he can neutralise the Blairites, and return Labour to the position which the party took towards the European project under great leaders such as Attlee and Gaitskill, who rejected British involvement entirely, he will benefit hugely. The Conservatives will find that attracting the votes of overpaid CEOs of multinational companies and of the denizens of the liberal enclaves of north London, will be insignificant compared to the votes going to those who promise to honour the will of the people expressed in the referendum.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 28th July 2017
The suggestion by Paul Rowlandson that the electorate might change their mind about Brexit is clearly totally impracticable, as we cannot keep leaving and rejoining the EU, even if the other members were willing to let us. The truth is that the political class of the 1970s, particularly Heath and Wilson, deliberately misled the people as to the ultimate aim of the European project to create a single state, pretending that it was just a trading arrangement, and on that basis membership was accepted by the average person. Since then we have had over forty years experience of the organisation, during which time we have seen it establish its own flag, anthem and parliament, while making it clear that the legal system and the defence forces will also be federalised. The decision last year was not taken on a whim, but because the scales have fallen from the eyes of the British people and they do not want to be part of such a federal state. That we have also been used as a milch cow by Brussels, billions of pounds of our taxes going towards supporting most of the rest of Europe, is yet another reason we have had enough.
Now that the ambitions of the Eurocrats are clear to all but the most blinkered, the choice of leaving is one which will not be reversed to satisfy the liberal elite, unless democracy no longer has meaning in this country.
Catholic Times - 28th July 2017
In common with other supporters of EU membership Christopher Graffius makes much of the legislative problems associated with Brexit. Although what he details is indeed complex there are two obvious points to be made.
Firstly those of us who have opposed the EU for decades always made clear that, in the event we were in a position to do so, we would leave immediately, allowing any negotiations to take place later, between an independent and sovereign UK and the EU, not, as is the case at the moment, between the EU and a subservient province. The blame for the latter situation rests with our political class, who do not want to leave, and are deliberately obstructing the process. Article 50 was always intended as a blocking mechanism to prevent states leaving, not as an aid to doing so.
Secondly, and more importantly, the issue is essentially not one for lawyers or accountants but concerns democracy. The truth is that the political class of the 1970s, particularly Heath and Wilson, deliberately misled the people as to the ultimate aim of the European project to create a single state, pretending that it was just a trading arrangement, and on that basis membership was accepted by the average person. Since then we have had over forty years experience of the organisation, during which time we have seen it establish its own flag, anthem and parliament, while making it clear that the legal system and the defence forces will also be federalised. The decision last year was not taken on a whim, but because the scales have fallen from the eyes of the British people and they do not want to be part of such a federal state. That we have also been used as a milch cow by Brussels, billions of pounds of our taxes going towards supporting most of the rest of Europe, is yet another reason we have had enough.
Now that the ambitions of the Eurocrats are clear to all but the most blinkered, the choice of leaving is one which will not be reversed because it may be a little difficult in the short term, unless democracy no longer has meaning in this country.
Kent on Sunday - 23rd July 2017
In his recent letter Ray Duff shows once again how ignorant he is of the realities of the world. To begin with the Trident submarines are not rendered redundant by drone technology and, if we were to abjure nuclear weapons, Mr Duff would find out what it means to live in a dangerous world where rogue states could blackmail us with their own H bombs, as we would have nothing to deter them. Perhaps Mr Duff would then rely on the goodwill of Donald Trump, whom he so denigrates, to come to our aid.
As far as Brexit is concerned it becomes more obvious by the day that this is very much a class issue. Those of us from the working class, particularly lifelong trade unionists such as myself, know how employers have used the EU freedom of movement to undercut the wages of our own people, while the complacent, smug middle class only care about retaining their cheap nannies and plumbers, being unconcerned about the effects of their selfishness on their less well off compatriots.
It is a disgrace that so many Labour MPs are also prepared to support the EU, as the effect of its policies on the labour market is that employees being forced to work zero hours contacts, youngsters to accept unpaid internships, if they wish to gain a foothold in the labour market, and the virtual extirpation of decent career structures, where loyalty and experience are valued and rewarded.
No one who claims to represent the needs of workers should be found on the side of the Remainers, but of course many such as Mr Duff have no understanding of what is really involved.
Kent and Sussex Courier - 21st July 2017
As the Conservative party represents the interests of big business it is not surprising that a group of their MPs are conspiring to frustrate the will of the people concerning leaving the EU, due to the iniquitous provision for freedom of movement meaning that employers can use cheaper foreign labour from countries with a much lower standard of living, thus undercutting the wages of ordinary British people. What is truly regrettable is that so many Labour MPs are also prepared to support their actions, as the policy leads to employees being forced to work zero hours contacts, youngsters to accept unpaid internships, if they wish to gain a foothold in the labour market, and the virtual extirpation of decent career structures, where loyalty and experience are valued and rewarded.
No one who claims to represent the needs of workers should be found on the side of the Remainers, as the latter only care about retaining their cheap nannies and plumbers, being unconcerned about the effects of their selfishness on their less well off compatriots.
Daily Telegraph - 18th July 2017
If this country is still a democracy then the clearly expressed wishes of over seventeen million voters should take precedence over the personal prejudices of one man, even if he is the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
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